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Tao Te Ching: The Richard Wilhelm Edition

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Richard Wilhelm's 1910 German translation has been accurately transposed to English.

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He discerned the great universal connections, and poured laboriously what he had seen into words, leaving other spirits of later times the task of continuing his directions and to see for themselves the whole world and the truths he discovered. The truth is that in all times there have been thinkers capable of raising their vision over the phenomenon of human life to the eternal sense of the cosmic process, whose greatness defy conceptualization.

This version of the Tao Te Ching, finally translated with commentaries by Richard Wilhelm, puts at the scope of the contemporary reader timeless message of Lao Tzu. The renowned scholar's (I Ching, Book of Changes) invaluable commentary, the second half of the book, informs and instructs.

"I have decided to [so] translate this [Te] throughout; and to justify my decision I give its Chinese definition: ‘What beings receive in order to come about is call TE’. I have therefore translated the word as ‘Life’ (following John 1:4: ‘In him was life, and the life was the light of Man’). It would have been equally possible to translate Te as ‘nature’, ‘essence’, ‘spirit’, ‘power’ — translations which have been used frequently in the Analects of Confucius; but I have avoided these here, because they clash with other terms used in the text. The common rendering ‘virtue’ — which is more appropriate to later treatises on morals — suits Lao Tzu even less than it suits Confucius."

Author Tzu, Lao
Translator Wilhelm, Richard
Cotranslator Ostwald, H. G.
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 144 pp.
Publisher Penguin Books 1989
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