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Reading the Dao : A Thematic Inquiry - Keping Wang

Reading the Dao

A Thematic Inquiry

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Published: 20th January 2011
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This is an introductory guide to the Dao de Jing, exploring key themes and passages in this key work of Daoist thought. The Dao De Jing represents one of the most important works of Chinese philosophy, in which the author, Lao Zi (c. 580-500 BC), lays the foundations of Taoism. Composed of 81 short sections, the text itself is written in a poetic style that is ambiguous and challenging for the modern reader. Yet while its meaning may be obscure, the text displays the originality of Lao Zi's wisdom and remains a hugely influential work to this day. In "Reading the Dao: A Thematic Inquiry", Wang Keping offers a clear and accessible guide to this hugely important text. Wang's thematic approach opens up key elements of the Dao De Jing in a way that highlights and clarifies the central arguments for the modern reader. Presenting comprehensive textual analysis of key passages and a useful survey of recent Taoist scholarship, the book provides the reader with an insight into the origins of Taoist philosophy. This is the ideal companion to the study of this classic Taoist text.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Reference keyp. xiv
The Essence of the Daop. 1
The Features of the Daop. 12
The Movement of the Daop. 18
The Dao and the Myriad Thingsp. 21
The Dao of Heaven and the Dao of Humanp. 28
From the Dao into the Dep. 32
The Qualities of the Dep. 37
On Have-substance and Have-no-substancep. 41
On Take-action and Take-no-actionp. 44
On Pleasure-Snobbery and Acquisitivenessp. 49
On the Hard and the Softp. 54
On the Beautiful and the Uglyp. 59
On Beauty, Truth, and Goodnessp. 63
On Modesty and Retreatp. 67
On Knowledge and Wisdomp. 71
On Fortune and Misfortunep. 77
On Life and Deathp. 81
On the Merits of Contentmentp. 84
On the Possibilities of Achievementp. 86
On the Art of Leadershipp. 89
On Warfarep. 103
On Peacep. 108
On Returning to Antiquityp. 111
On the Ideal Societyp. 117
The Attitude to the Dao and the Dep. 119
The Experience of the Dao and the Dep. 123
The Praxis of the Dao and the Dep. 127
The Attainment of the Dao and the Dep. 130
Appendix: The Dao De Jing of Laozip. 141
Referencesp. 175
Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9781441196514
ISBN-10: 144119651X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 20th January 2011
Publisher: CONTINUUM
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.9  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1