The way and its power

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the way and its power

The Way and Its Power: A Study of the Tao Te Ching and Its Place in Chinese Thought by Arthur Waley

The Way and Its Power is a complex analysis of the Tao Te Ching and its place in the Chinese philosophy of its time. The intro by Arthur Waley is very detailed, and is actually longer than the Tao Te Ching itself. I would recommend reading the intro until the section titled The Tao Te Ching, and then skip to the main text. After finishing the main text, go back and read the rest of the intro. This will give all of the context of the text and its vocabulary but wont yet go into the analysis of the Tao Te Chings influence of Chinese philosophy. Both Waleys intro and his translation notes are scholarly but still give the reader a sense of Waleys opinion. This is what makes the commentary interesting and insightful to read. To an inexperienced reader (like me), the book may be a little difficult to get through sometimes, but this is not the fault of Waley nor the original text.
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The Way and Its Power: A Study of the Tao Te Ching and Its Place in Chinese Thought

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The name was first used during the Han dynasty bce — ce. It had previously been called Laozi in the belief that it was written by Laozi , identified by the historian Sima Qian as a 6th-century- bce curator of the imperial Chinese archives. The long tradition that Laozi was the author of the Tao-te Ching was so badly shaken in the 19th century that some scholars even questioned the historical existence of the sage. The classic itself, moreover, contains no references to other writings, persons, events, or places that might provide a clue for dating the composition. Scholarly opinions consequently range between the 8th and the 3rd century bce. The Tao-te Ching presented a way of life intended to restore harmony and tranquillity to a kingdom racked by widespread disorders.


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