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The World's Religions - Chapter V, Taoism, Efficient Power: Philosophical Taoism, Summary & Analysis

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Chapter V, Taoism, Efficient Power: Philosophical Taoism, Summary and Analysis

Philosophical Taoism has remained relatively unorganized, much like transcendental movements in the West. Its teachers, who are more like coaches, are guides as to what should be understood about Tao. Its emphasis is on knowledge, which is a form of power, and, of the three approaches, this philosophical Taoism has been the most exportable form of the religion. This aspect concentrates on the idea of wu wei, or action that has reduced social friction to an absolute minimum.

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