Dao De Jing: The Book of the Way
University of California Press, Dec 20, 2001 - Religion - 226 pages
Dao De Jing is one of the richest, most suggestive, and most popular works of philosophy and literature. Composed in China between the late sixth and the late fourth centuries b.c., its enigmatic verses have inspired artists, philosophers, poets, religious thinkers, and general readers down to our own times. This new translation, both revelatory and authentic, captures much of the beauty and nuance of the original work. In an extensive and accessible commentary to his translation, Moss Roberts reveals new depths of Dao De Jing.
This edition is distinguished by the literary quality of the translation, its new renderings for a number of the stanzas, and by Roberts's knowledgeable contextualizations. Utilizing recently discovered manuscripts and Chinese scholarship based on them, he is able to shed new light on the work's historical and philosophical contexts. This translation shows that Dao De Jing is far more than a work of personal inspiration; it is also a work of universal scope that makes penetrating comments on politics, statecraft, cosmology, aesthetics, and ethics. Roberts brings these themes to our attention, shows how they are integrated into the work as a whole, and demonstrates the relevance of these topics for our own times.
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Analects ancestors Boshu Laozi Chen Guying Chinese clan conﬂict Confucian Confucius Confucius’s Dao De Jing Daoist deﬁned Feizi ﬁlial ﬁnal ﬁnd ﬁts follows Gao Heng governing graph Gu Li Guanzi Guodian manuscript Guodian text Han Feizi heaven and earth Heng Heshang gong commentary honor Huainanzi Huangdi sijing human inﬂuence interpretation Jiao Hong Jingfa junzi kin-kindness king kingdom kingdom of Qi Laozi tong line 9 lords Mawangdui text means Mencius metaphor ming Mohists mother Mozi Mozi’s non-Guodian one’s passage phrase political reading realm received text refer reﬂection ritual rule sage says scholars sense Shang shen Shijing social stanza 19 stanza 38 stanza 42 stanza 56 suggests Sunzi term theme third century b.c. thousand things tianxia tion translation under-acting uniﬁcation virtue Wang Bi word wuwei Xunzi Yin Zhenhuan Zhang Songru Zhou Ying Zhuangzi Zuozhuan