This exceptional translation of the Tao Te Ching by Chinese scholar Chung-yuan Chang reveals the true wisdom and beauty of this ancient Chinese text.
Traditionally attributed to Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu, the Tao Te Ching remains relevant worldwide today, more than two thousand years after it was written. This translation of the Taoist text, with Chang's accompanying commentaries, illuminates the real meaning of the Tao Te Ching and makes this Chinese classic both accessible and relevant to modern ways of thinking, without any reduction of the complex thought within its pages. Chang Chung-yuan is unique in his approach and his introduction and commentaries place the Taoist text in the context of Western metaphysics, making reference to Heidegger, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Jung, Plato, Kant and Nietzsche, as well as capturing the context within which Taoism came to the West.
Tao: A New Way of Thinking will be fascinating to anyone with an interest in Taoism and will be particularly appealing to those interested in comparative philosophy.
Chung-yuan Chang was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Well-known as a leading scholar on Daoist history and philosophy, he was awarded the University of Hawaii's Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching in 1977. He died in 1988, aged 84, and is the author of Original Teachings of Ch'an Buddhism and Creativity and Taoism: A Study of Chinese Philosophy, Art and Poetry, also published by Singing Dragon.
Introduction: The Meaning of Tao and Its Reflection in Western Thought. Note on the Text. Translation and Commentaries of the Tao Te Ching. Bibliography of Works in English. Chronological Bibliography of Works in Chinese.