The Way of Lao Tzu

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ISBN-13: 978-0023207006
ISBN-10: 0023207000
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson (January 11, 1963)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0023207000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0023207006
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Savage on January 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
This translation of the Tao-te ching was made in 1963 by a Chinese scholar and professor of philosophy and religion. I believe I have checked out most other translations, and think this is the one to consider. It has a degree of precision and poetry not found elsewhere, and for those who want scholarship, there are notes, commentary and references. Consider these two passages: "For to praise victory is to delight in the slaughter of men"; and "The best (rulers) are those whose existence is (merely) known by the people."
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Raphael Tobar on October 1, 2008
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I was searching for the best scholarly researched and easily accessible book on Lao Tzu's Taoism, and I can't but help that the best translation (and commentary) is by Wing-Tsit Chan. Because of the translator's enlightening, clear way of explaining most of the passages, I was able to understand Taoism as a philosophy instead of a mere "self-help" tool like most of the translations I have seen. The translator is critical of the passages like a professional philosopher and scholar should, and also begins with a long introductory essay about the origins, a summary on Taoism's main points of view, the supposed author, and under the context the book was written.

It definitely convinced me that Taoism is a wonderful school of thought, and perhaps make you a true believer in its principles.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sassman12 on September 19, 2011
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I used to peruse through bookstores looking at the different translations of the Tao-te ching--specifically the first chapter. Wing-Tsit Chan just blows you away right off the bat. The other often-read translators don't even come close, IMO.
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If you are looking for a deeper understanding of the Tao te ching this is a great book.
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By K. C. Kondylas on February 16, 2015
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Excellent translation with specific notes on each chapter. This book is a marvel.
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