Lao-Tzu and the Tao-Te-Ching / Edition 1

Lao-Tzu and the Tao-Te-Ching / Edition 1

by Livia Kohn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791436004

ISBN-13: 9780791436004

Pub. Date: 03/28/1998

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Examines the traditional and modern Western interpretations of the Tao-te-ching, and its author, Lao-tzu.

Lao-tzu and the Tao-te-ching presents a coherent collection of materials on the ancient Chinese classic and its author, describing traditional and modern Western interpretations. Written and edited by recognized international specialists in the field,

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Examines the traditional and modern Western interpretations of the Tao-te-ching, and its author, Lao-tzu.

Lao-tzu and the Tao-te-ching presents a coherent collection of materials on the ancient Chinese classic and its author, describing traditional and modern Western interpretations. Written and edited by recognized international specialists in the field, this book brings Lao-tzu and the Tao-te-ching together to present current scholarship on their history and interpretation. Contributors include William H. Baxter, Alan K.L. Chan, A.C. Graham, Julia M. Hardy, Yoshiko Kamitsuka, Livia Kohn, Michael LaFargue, Julian Pas, Isabelle Robinet, Benjamin Schwartz, and Liu Xiaogan. Divided into four parts, the book provides a wealth of information on the influential Chinese classic.

Part One, "Ancient Myths," discusses who Lao-tzu was, how he developed into a god of religious Taoism, and how his divinity was represented in medieval Chinese sculpture. Part Two, "Chinese Interpretations," discusses the role of the text in traditional China, studying the major commentaries by Wang Pi and He-shang-kung, looking at about thirty commentaries and their philological and doctrinal interpretations and examining the ritual uses the text found in medieval Taoism. Part Three, "Modern Readings," contains a critical discussion of the Tao-te-ching's reception in the West, a general analysis of its major doctrines, and a contemporary Chinese vision of its possible relevance for life today. Part Four, "Critical Methods," presents recent findings on the Tao-te-ching's linguistic structure and probable date, a historical, hermeneutic enquiry into its original meaning, and an evaluative guide to seventeen major English translations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791436004
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

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Preface

Editors' Introduction

Part I. Ancient Myths

1. The Origins of the Legend of Lao Tan

A. C. Graham

2. The Lao-tzu Myth

Livia Kohn

3. Lao-tzu in Six Dynasties Taoist Sculpture

Yoshiko Kamitsuka

Part II. Chinese Interpretations

4. A Tale of Two Commentaries: Ho-shang-kung and Wang Pi on the Lao-tzu

Alan K. L. Chan

5. Later Commentaries: Textual Polysemy and Syncretistic Interpretations

Isabelle Robinet

6. The Tao-te-ching in Ritual

Livia Kohn

Part III. Modern Readings

7. Influential Western Interpretations of the Tao-te-ching

Julia M. Hardy

8. The Thought of the Tao-te-ching

Benjamin Schwartz

9. Naturalness (Tzu-jan), the Core Value in Taoism: Its Ancient Meaning and Its Significance Today

Liu Xiaogan

Part IV. Critical Methods

10. Situating the Language of the Lao-tzu: The Probable Date of the Tao-te-ching

William H. Baxter

11. Recovering the Tao-te-ching's Original Meaning: Some Remarks on Historical Hermeneutics

Michael LaFargue

12. On Translating the Tao-te-ching

Michael LaFargue and Julian Pas

Appendix: Index to Citations from Tao-te-ching Chapters

Glossary

List of Contributors

Index

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