Lecture 6 - Lecture 6 Laozi(6th BCE Mysticism and Rulership Laozi and the Daodejing Two principal texts in the philosophy of Daoism(Taoism

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Lecture 6: Laozi (6th BCE?): Mysticism and Rulership
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Laozi and the Daodejing : Two principal texts in the philosophy of Daoism (Taoism): Daodejing and Zhuangzi. The (The Book of the Way and Its Power) is the Chinese text most frequently translated into foreign languages. It has often been regarded as a book of profound wisdom and mysticism. Its influence on Chinese philosophy and culture is second only to the Analects of Kongzi.
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Recent Discovery of Old Texts of the Daodejing : 1973: two texts of the found in the tomb of a Han dynasty (206 BCE - 220 CE) prince in 2nd century BCE -- Manwangdui texts. 1994: substantial fragments of another text was found in a tomb in Guodian, Hupei Province, dating back to the 4th century BCE.
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Conclusions about the Daodejing from These Recent Finds: The text could not have been put together until early 4th century. The ideas, and even some expressions, in the text are probably very old, and could be as old as the 6th century BCE. We can see the same kind of struggle for philosophical terms as in the
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Lecture 6 - Lecture 6 Laozi(6th BCE Mysticism and Rulership Laozi and the Daodejing Two principal texts in the philosophy of Daoism(Taoism

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