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Tao Te Ching-Stephen Hodge, Lao Tze

  • Title: Tao Te Ching
  • Author: Stephen Hodge, Lao Tze
  • Released: 2001-12-09
  • Language:
  • Pages: 176
  • ISBN: 0764121685
  • ISBN13: 978-0764121685
  • ASIN: 0764121685

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From Publishers Weekly More than five dozen translations of the Tao te Ching exist in English, making it questionable whether there is a need for yet another. But Stephen Hodge's Tao te Ching: A New Translation and Commentary is revisionist enough to warrant a look. He spends a good part of the introduction situating Lao Tzu's work in the context of the Warring States period (475-221 B.C.E.), even to the point of neglecting to tell the reader much about the content of the text itself. He also discusses the perplexing question of authorship and outlines various translation difficulties. The remainder of the book is more accessible, and is organized thematically to help the reader understand the Tao te Ching's key ideas. Hodge writes well, and the book is beautifully designed with more than 100 photographs and illustrations.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Back Cover For centuries the Tao Te Ching has intrigued and inspired generations of readers. This ancient Chinese classic text is regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of our existence. The guiding principle of the Tao (the ?Way?) offers advice for life that is balanced, moral, spiritual, and concerned with working for the good in whatever sphere its wisdom is applied.

The insights of the Tao Te Ching have been rediscovered in this new edition of the text. Arranged thematically, the profound and beautiful language of the verses is elucidated with a commentary that explains its ancient and modern significance, and draws on the most recent discoveries to deepen our understanding of this seminal philosophical classic. pdf
 
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