Lao-tzu and the Tao-te-ching

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SUNY Press, Mar 19, 1998 - History - 330 pages
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Lao-tzu and the Tao-te-ching presents a coherent collection of materials on the ancient Chinese classic and its author, describing traditional and modern Western Interpretations. Written and edited by recognized international specialists in the field, this book brings Lao-tzu and the Tao-te-ching together to present current scholarship on their history and interpretation.
 

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Contents

The Origins of the Legend of Lao Tan
23
The Laotzu Myth
41
Laotzu in Six Dynasties Taoist Sculpture
63
1 Taoist BasRelief Steles and Images
68
Hoshangkung
89
Textual Polysemy
119
1 Taoteching Commentaries in Chronological Order
120
The Taoteching in Ritual
143
Influential Western Interpretations of the Taoteching
165
The Thought of the Taoteching
189
1 Time Line for the Laotzu with Reference Dates
232
On Translating the Taotehing
277
Index to Citations from Taoteching Chapters
303
List of Contributors
313
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About the author (1998)

Livia Kohn is Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University. She has written many books including most recently The Taoist Experience: An Anthology, also published by SUNY Press, and Laughing at the Tao: Debates among Buddhists and Taoists in Medieval China.

Michael LaFargue is Lecturer in Religious Studies and Director of the East Asian Studies program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is the author of The Tao of the Tao-te-ching and Tao and Method: A Reasoned Approach to the Tao-te-ching, both published by SUNY Press.

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