For centuries, the ancient Chinese philosophical text the
Daodejing (Tao Te Ching) has fascinated and frustrated its
readers. While it offers a wealth of rich philosophical insights
concerning the cultivation of one's body and attaining one's proper
place within nature and the cosmos, its teachings and structure can
be enigmatic and obscure.
Hans-Georg Moeller presents a clear and coherent description and
analysis of this vaguely understood Chinese classic. He explores
the recurring images and ideas that shape the work and offers a
variety of useful approaches to understanding and appreciating this
canonical text. Moeller expounds on the core philosophical issues
addressed in the Daodejing, clarifying such crucial
concepts as Yin and Yang and Dao and De. He explains its teachings
on a variety of subjects, including sexuality, ethics, desire,
cosmology, human nature, the emotions, time, death, and the death
penalty. The Daodejing also offers a distinctive ideal of
social order and political leadership and presents a philosophy of
war and peace.
An illuminating exploration, The Daodejing is an
interesting foil to the philosophical outlook of Western humanism
and contains surprising parallels between its teachings and
nontraditional contemporary philosophies.
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