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The Classic of the Way and Virtue : A New Translation of the Tao-te Ching of Laozi as Interpreted by Wang Bi - Richard John Lynn

The Classic of the Way and Virtue

A New Translation of the Tao-te Ching of Laozi as Interpreted by Wang Bi

By: Richard John Lynn (Translator)

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The essential Taoist book and one of a triad that make up the most influential religious and philosophical writings of Chinese tradition, the "Tao-te Ching" is the subject of hundreds of new interpretive studies each year. As Taoism emerges as one of the East Asian philosophies most interesting to Westerners, an accessible new edition of this great work -- written for English-language readers, yet rendered with an eye toward Chinese understanding -- has been much needed by scholars and general readers.

Richard John Lynn, whose recent translation of the "I Ching" was hailed by the "Times Literary Supplement" as "the best "I Ching" that has so far appeared," presents here another fine translation. Like his "I Ching, " this volume includes the interpretive commentary of the third-century scholar Wang Bi (226-249), who wrote the first and most sophisticated commentary on the "Tao-te Ching."

Lynn's introduction explores the centrality of Wang's commentaries in Chinese thought, the position of the "Tao-te Ching" in East Asian tradition, Wang's short but brilliant life, and the era in which he lived. The text consists of eighty-one short, aphoristic sections presenting a complete view of how the sage rules in accordance with the spontaneous ways of the natural world. Although the "Tao-te Ching" was originally designed to provide advice to the ruler, the Chinese regard its teachings as living and self-cultivation tools applicable to anyone. Wang Bi's commentaries, following each statement, flesh out the text so that it speaks to the modern Western reader as it has to Asians for more than seventeen centuries.

Lynn's translation is excellent. He approaches Wang Bi's text as it should be approached, that is as a piece of philosophical writing... [A]n important contribution to our knowledge of commentarial methodology which played a dominating role throughout the intellectual history of imperial China. Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia Lynn's translation is finely crafted, following the high standard he established in his The Classic of Changes: A New Translation of the I Ching as Interpreted by Wang Bi... [An] excellent, high-impact stud[y]. -- Alan K. L. Chan Journal of Chinese Religions

I: Historical Narrative
The Decline of the Traditional State, 1780-191901 China in 1780 The Faces of Western Imperialism Domestic Rebellion and the Devolution of Power to the Localities Military Defeats and the Loss of Tributary States The Cultural, Ideological, and Political Nature of Chinese Response to Civilizational Crisis
Building State and Nation Amid Cultural Revolution, 1901-1928 The ""Revolutionary'' Manchus Militarization and Political Options Social and Cultural Revolution Nationalism and I
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ISBN: 9780231105811
ISBN-10: 0231105819
Series: Translations from the Asian Classics
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 3rd March 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 12.1  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.29