1 Department of the History of Ideas, Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University, Aarhus University
This article presents a reflecsion on how Taoism can contribute to an inter-religious and philosophical dialogue about conflict resolution. I will first present some central points from Key Sun's article How to Overcome without Fighting: An Introduction to the Taoist Approach to Conflict Resolution. In this article Sun presents some fundamental themes, in what could be a Taoist inspired theory of conflict resolution in relation to the field of psychology. I then try to extend this perspective by asking the question what role Taoism can play in conflict resolution, for people, who has explicit non-Taoist philosophical and/or religious worldviews? I here briefly discuss the possibility of transforming Taoist inspired ideas of conflict resolution into other religious or philosophical worldviews. After this, I discuss how Taoism can shed some new light over inter-religious philosophical dialogue, through a discussion of some aspects of Toshihiko Izutsu's interesting interpretation of Tao Te Ching (and Chuang Tzu) in Sufism and Taoism: A Comparative Study of Key Philosophical Concepts.
Conflict resolutin inter-religious dialogue Daoism Sufism philosophy Key Sun Izutsu