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  • Series: Ideas Explained (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Open Court (August 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812695631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812695632
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...clear, nontechnical languange, and this book should be helpful to anyone interested in Daoism and in Chinese thought. -- CHOICE, April 2005

This book should be helpful to anyone interesed in Daoism and Chinese thought. Recommended. -- CHOICE, April 2005

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Nevin Hawkins on January 19, 2005
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This is truly one of the finest books on Daoism. Professor Moeller's ability to illuminate many difficult daoist concepts in a clear and concise manner is very rare. Please take the time to read excerpts from the book. The excerpt: The Wheel - An image of Dao is a brilliant examination of Chapter 11 of the Tao Te Ching. Also, the chapters "The State", and "Presence and Nonpresence" (usually translated as being and non-being) are excellent. "Daoism Explained" is not a rehash of ideas taken from previous books on the subject. It is a unique and intelligent examination of Daoism.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dan Bergevin VINE VOICE on September 13, 2006
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This is a great book for readers of Daoist works- mainly the Daodejing (Laozi), Liezi, and Zhuangzi. It covers the fundamentals of Daoism succinctly without glossing over important concepts. After reading this book anyone should be able to read the aforementioned works with a greater degree of comprehension. As the previous reviewer stated, this is indeed one of the best books on Daoism. However, it also contains one of the most backwards economic theories ever put on paper. Fortunately, the author limits his hopelessly surreal ideas of the latter topic to only the last few pages. In his attempt to explain society as a self-perpetuating force that runs itself without human action, he makes statements that are so blatantly silly that it almost seems as if he added them in just to see if readers were really paying attention. In his own words, "the functioning of the modern economy has to be explained largely in terms of the flow of money and stocks- and no longer as a causal result of human enterprise." So somehow if human enterprise were to suddenly cease, the flow of money and stocks will just keep going- right? This notion seems too ridiculous to entertain, but the author continues by stating that "mass communication has quite obviously detached itself from actual human performances and 'autonomized' itself as a self-generating 'hypertext.'" It's quite interesting to know that this author feels as if mass communication on planet Earth will continue unabated if all the humans got on spaceships and left. The whole idea that economies and politics and mass communication don't need people sounds like something that would happen if robots took over the planet Terminator-style. If that's what the author is referring to, then I suppose I am wrong.Read more ›
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Russ Reising on January 19, 2014
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My title says it all. Moeller gets at the philosophical core of Daoism and offers a comprehensive and, for me, truly eye-opening analysis of the tradition and some of its major statements, enigmas, and figures.
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