Group Work on Taoism and I and Thou

Break up into small groups. Delegate one or more members of your group to
(1) prepare a summary of your group's discussion and
(2) make a list of your group's members.
Make sure each member of your group has a copy of your answers (for use on the next quiz; also, please bring this summary to class for possible use on that quiz and/or the midterm).

Discuss your answers to the following questions.

1. If you tried to live according to the teaching of I and Thou what would you have to do?

2. If you lived according to Taoist teaching, what would you have to do?

3.  Briefly define "wu-wei". Then give an example.

4.  According to Buber, what three kinds of beings can we have an I-Thou relation with?  Give an example of each.

5. Give an example of how I and Thou and Taoism are alike OR give an example of how I and Thou and Taoism are different.

6.  What are the three kinds of Taoism Smith discusses?   Briefly explain each one.

7.  Alternate credit activity:  Find and read Kurt Vonnegut's "All the King's Horses"  (in his Welcome to the Monkey House anthology).   Explain how the distinction between  "I-it" and "I-Thou" may function in this story.  Also, if you wish, show how wu-wei may be involved.

M. Kagan, Le Moyne College, PHL 201, Fall 2002

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