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This brief text assists students in understanding Lao Tzu's philosophy and thinking so that they can more fully engage in useful, intelligent class dialogue and improve their understanding of course content. Part of the "Wadsworth Philosophers Series," (which will eventually consist of approximately 100 titles, each focusing on a single "thinker" from ancient times to the present), ON LAO TZU is written by a philosopher deeply versed in the philosophy of this key thinker. Like other books in the series, this concise book offers sufficient insight into the thinking of a notable philosopher better enabling students to engage in the reading and to discuss the material in class and on paper.
Preface. Introduction. PART ONE: A NEW INTERPRETATION OF THE LAO TZU WITH COMMENTARIES. 1. Tao. Speculation on Creation. 2. Dialectics. 3. Cycles. 4. Virtue. 5. Contrasts Between Way of Heaven and Way of Earth. 6. Contrarian Philosophy. 7. Military Strategy and Tactics; Camouflage. 8. Political Philosophy. 9. Philosophy of Life. PART TWO: THE LAO TZU. Bibliography.