Research into Animal Ethics in Lao-Tzu's thought(Ms. Hui-ling Wu)
Many ethicists concern animal ethics and a lot of studies under the topic of “animal ethics” nowadays. But only few of them explore animal ethics and animal rights from the Daoism’s point of view. In this paper I attempt to respond the issues of contemporary animal ethics in term of Lao-tzu’s philosophy. Firstly, Lao-Tzu provided a mode of “positive” and “reverse” coexist, with which we can across the confrontation between anthropocentrism and the excessive emphasis on animal rights. Secondly, according to Lao-Tzu thought that everything has differences, therefore, this thought proposes that we should respect every individual. Finally, according to Lao Tzu’s saying “Wu-wei” which contributes a new viewpoint that human beings should learn to respect for animals, and should not oppress animal maliciously, as a result, human beings and animals can live together peacefully and harmoniously.





Department of Religious Studies, Hsuan Chuang University

Life Conservationist Association

HongShi Buddhist Cultural and Educational Foundation


Ministry of Science and Technology,Republic of China

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.

Ministry of Education, R.O.C.

Hsuan Chuang University


Hsuan Chuang University Research Center For Applied Ethics

Buddhist HongShi College