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Academic Taoism

Let's discuss the "discovery"of Taoism by European scholars. Think about the contribution of western missionaries to the spread of Taoist philosophy.

The “discovery” of Taoism by European scholars was mainly made by missionaries who tried to look for “facts” to support European theology. Later on, every European culture then went on to interpret Chinese history and thought based on their own cultural preferences, thus Taoism was interpreted according to their cultural preferences respectively, too.

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