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

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Examines the traditional and modern Western interpretations of the Tao-te-ching, and its author, Lao-tzu.
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A dozen essays explore both the text and the person who lie at the root and center of Taoism. They consider ancient myths about Lao Tsu and how he became a god, Chinese interpretations and the place of the text in Chinese tradition, modern readings and reception in the west, and critical methods such as investigating linguistic structure and probable date. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791436004
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 1,546,614
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures



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


List of Contributors


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