The Way and Its Power: A Study of the Tao Tę Ching and Its Place in Chinese Thought
Grove Press, Jan 1, 1958 - Philosophy - 262 pages
Arthur Waley’s brilliant and definitive translation of one of the foremost of all mystical books, Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, has become a modern classic in its own right. Unlike previous translations, it is founded not on the medieval commentaries but on a close study of all the early Chinese literature, and it provides a singular example of authoritative scholarship skillfully blended with brilliant, precise writing. In his introduction, Dr. Waley gives an extensive scholarly account of Chinese thought down to the end of the third century B.C. Here, the author presents a full picture of Chinese prehistory, early philosophy, and literature, showing the original, lofty conception of Taoism before the gradual corruption through the course of centuries, tracing this conflict of philosophies and its background of politics.
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Translation of TAO TE CHING
Textual Notes 257
3rd century B.C. 4th century additional notes Analects ancient become beginning Book of Changes Book of History breath called Cb'iu Cb'un Cbuang T^u Ch'i Ch'in chapter Chia China Chinese thought Chou Commentary Confucians Confucius dead desire doctrine dynasty early Chinese empire everything example existence fact Fei T^u give Han dynasty Hence Hsiin Huai-nan idea Karlgren king kingdom Kuan T^u kung language legend Lieh Maspero means meant Mencius merely mind Mo Tzu Mohists morality mysterious never omens one's oneself opposed original P'ien passage perfect Quietist quoted Realists regard ritual rule ruler sacrifice Sage Sbib Sbih sense Shang Shih Ch'un Ch'iu shin soul spirits Ssu-ma story suppose T^ii Tao Te Ching Taoist textual notes theory thousand creatures translation Wang Pi whole words Yang Chu Yellow Ancestor yin and yang yoga