Lao is best known for his History of Chinese Philosophy, which is regarded as one of the primary texts in Chinese philosophy. However, Lao described his task in the history of Chinese philosophy as a preparatory work for his philosophical concerns. During his lengthy academic career, he was unceasingly devoted himself to pursuing the way beyond the crisis of culture and philosophy.
After History of Chinese Philosophy, that is, since the beginning of 1980s, Lao had gradually elaborated and revised his thinking, the major efforts of which are: 1. to set up a philosophy of culture based on the open concept of philosophy; 2. to identify the problematic of the end of philosophy in the twentieth century, and thus to propose his 'New Foundationalism without Absolutism' as a forward philosophical perspective; meanwhile, he had also published a large number of treaties on the issues of 3. the way out of Chinese culture; and 4. the future of Chinese philosophy.
With a sympathetic understanding, this book takes a comprehensive discussion on the aforementioned various fields of Lao's philosophy, at the same time takes account of Lao's early and late thoughts. In addition, studying through Lao's poems, the essay 'Aesthetic-Self and Spiritual Realm' in this book affords a quite different approach to explore the inner world of the philosopher.