The Masterpiece that is Zhuangzi
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Public Lecture on Zhuangzi
A public lecture held online by master philosophy student Dimitra Eisterer Petimeza of the University of Vienna.
The Zhuangzi consists of a large collection of anecdotes, allegories, parables, and fables, which are often humorous or irreverent. Its main themes are of spontaneity in action and of freedom from the human world and its conventions. The fables and anecdotes in the text attempt to illustrate the falseness of human distinctions between good and bad, large and small, life and death, and human and nature. While other ancient Chinese philosophers focused on moral and personal duty, Zhuangzi promoted carefree wandering and becoming one with "the Way" (Dào 道) by following nature.
About Dimitra Eisterer Petimeza
Dimitra Eisterer Petimeza was born and raised in Corinth, Greece. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Pedagogy at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She taught primary school in Greece for several years. She is a certified translator focused on Humanitarian Studies, as well as a certified Yoga instructor and meditation trainer. She is completing her Master's degree in Philosophy at the University of Vienna, where she studies Ancient Philosophy - including comparative focus on ancient Chinese, Greek, and Indian philosophy. Dimitra currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria.