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Lao Tzu the Non-philosopher “Abide at the center of your being, for the more you leave it the less you learn.” Lao Tzu (47) “Seek virtue and wisdom before you look to your private interests.”Socrates (795) Xianjin Teo Dr. Bader ACS #1000 Section M04 10/04/09
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While Socrates argues in the marketplace and searches for truth, Lao Tzu is content not knowing and simply ‘being’. Lao Tzu doesn’t see the “need to run outside for better seeing” (47) but believes that one should “abide at the center of one’s being… to learn.” (47) Lao Tzu’s passive search for wisdom is certainly contrasted against Socrates’ active search of knowledge and wisdom “into himself and other men.” (790) He believes that one should practice and live philosophy, always translating one’s beliefs into daily conduct. Even in the face of death he asks the jailer “to give him directions” (757) and looks at his death as an opportunity to learn. Socrates believes that he “has no knowledge” (783) and “neither knows nor thinks he knows” (784) so his quest is an endless “search and enquiry into the wisdom of any one… who appears
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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2010 for the course ACS ACSTRAD taught by Professor Bader during the Fall '09 term at Villanova.

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