The Philosophy of the Daodejing / Edition 1

The Philosophy of the Daodejing / Edition 1

by Hans-Georg Moeller
     
 

For centuries, the ancient Chinese philosophical text the Daodejing (Tao Te Ching) has fascinated and frustrated its readers. While it offers a wealth of rich philosophical insights concerning the cultivation of one's body and attaining one's proper place within nature and the cosmos, its teachings and structure can be enigmatic and obscure.

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Overview

For centuries, the ancient Chinese philosophical text the Daodejing (Tao Te Ching) has fascinated and frustrated its readers. While it offers a wealth of rich philosophical insights concerning the cultivation of one's body and attaining one's proper place within nature and the cosmos, its teachings and structure can be enigmatic and obscure.

Hans-Georg Moeller presents a clear and coherent description and analysis of this vaguely understood Chinese classic. He explores the recurring images and ideas that shape the work and offers a variety of useful approaches to understanding and appreciating this canonical text. Moeller expounds on the core philosophical issues addressed in the Daodejing, clarifying such crucial concepts as Yin and Yang and Dao and De. He explains its teachings on a variety of subjects, including sexuality, ethics, desire, cosmology, human nature, the emotions, time, death, and the death penalty. The Daodejing also offers a distinctive ideal of social order and political leadership and presents a philosophy of war and peace.

An illuminating exploration, The Daodejing is an interesting foil to the philosophical outlook of Western humanism and contains surprising parallels between its teachings and nontraditional contemporary philosophies.

Columbia University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231136792
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
04/25/2006
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Preface : the philosophy of the Daodejing
Ch. 1How to read the Daodejing1
Ch. 2The dao of sex21
Ch. 3Yin & yang, Dao & De33
Ch. 4Paradox politics55
Ch. 5On war75
Ch. 6Masters of satisfaction (desires, emotions, and addictions)87
Ch. 7Indifference and negative ethics99
Ch. 8Permanence and eternity111
Ch. 9Death and the death penalty121
Ch. 10"Without the impulses of man" : a Daoist critique of humanism133
App. 1A note on the textual history of the Daodejing147
App. 2A note on English translations of the Daodejing149

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