Chinese Reading Of The Daodejing, A

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Overview

Many of the brightest Chinese minds have used the form of the commentary to open the terse and poetic chapters of the Laozi to their readers and also to develop a philosophy of their own. None has been more sophisticated, philosophically probing, and influential in the endeavor than a young genius of the third century C.E., Wang Bi (226-249). In this book, Rudolf G. Wagner provides a full translation of the Laozi that extracts from Wang Bi's Commentary the manner in which he read the text, as well as a full translation of Wang Bi's Commentary and his essay on the "subtle pointers" of the Laozi. The result is a Chinese reading of the Laozi that will surprise and delight Western readers familiar with some of the many translations of the work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791451816
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 10/23/2003
  • Series: SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
  • Edition description: BILINGUAL
  • Pages: 540
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 The Wang Bi Recension of the Laozi 3
2 Patronage and the Transmission of the Wang Bi Commentary: Foundations for a Critical Edition 33
3 Wang Bi: "The Structure of the Laozi's Subtle Pointers," Laozi weizhi lueli, a Philological Study and Translation Together with the Text 69
4 A Reconstruction and Critical Edition of the Laozi Text Used by Wang Bi; a Reconstruction and Critical Edition of Wang Bi's Commentary on the Laozi; an Extrapolative Translation of the Laozi through Wang Bi's Commentary; and a Translation of Wang Bi's Commentary on the Laozi 107
Notes 389
Bibliography 499
Index 513
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