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Lao Tzu and Taoism

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Apart from Confucius, Lao Tzu is the most eminent figure in Chinese antiquity. The book attributed to him, the Tao Te Ching, is the classic statement of the system of thought known as Taoism. Much of the doctrine of the Tao Te Ching was later clarified and modified by the greatest of the Taoist philosophers and writers, Chuang Tzu, whose chief work bears his name.

The major ideas contained in these two early texts form the basis of this concise yet comprehensive history and analysis of Taoism, which also presents biographical information on Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu and an account of religious Taoism.

Largely because of its emphasis on passivity, quietism, and mysticism, Taoism never enjoyed wide popular or official favor, and it was gradually overshadowed by the more positive and active ideology of Confucianism. Through the centuries, however, its influence on intellectuals has led to much of China's greatest art and literature, not to mention a religion that has persisted as a spiritual force to the present day.

About the Author

Max Kaltenmark is Professor of Chinese Religion and Literature at the University of Paris.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804706896
Translator:
Greaves, Roger
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Translator:
Greaves, Roger
Author:
Kaltenmark, Max
Author:
Greaves, Roger
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
World
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Taoism
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Taoism
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19690631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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