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The Complete Tao Te Ching With the Four Canons of the Yellow Emperor



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This is the edition with a publication date of 1/27/2011.

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Originally published in French under title: Le Lao-tseu suivi des Quatre Canons de l'empereur Jaune. Paris: Editions Albin Michel, 2009.

Author Biography

Jean Levi, a renowned scholar of classical Chinese literature and culture, studied at the University of Beijing and the University of Fudan as well as in Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution. A director of research at the National Center of Scientific Research in France, he has written a number of books on Confucius, Chuang Tzu, and Taoist philosophy as well as a series of historical novels set in ancient China, including The Chinese Emperor, which won the Goncourt Prize for historical fiction. He lives in Paris, France.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The Way and the Lawp. 3
Taoist Philosophy and the Tao Te Chingp. 8
The One and the Many: Content and Form of the Tao Te Chingp. 23
The Emptiness of the Sovereign and the Asceticism of the Yellow Emperorp. 28
Notes on the Translation from the Chinesep. 31
Tao Te Ching: The Book of the Way and of Virtue
The Book of Virtuep. 43
The Book of the Wayp. 71
The Four Canons of the Yellow Emperor
On the Law as Principlep. 97
The Law Wayp. 97
The Good Order of a Countryp. 100
The Regulatory Power of the Sovereignp. 102
The Six Alternatives: Aberrations vs. Normalitiesp. 106
The Four Rules: Being Calm, Regulated, Civil, and Martialp. 112
Evaluationsp. 116
Factors of Ruinp. 121
Summary of the Great Principlesp. 125
Standards and Namesp. 127
The Great Canonical Rulesp. 131
Instituting the Mandatep. 131
Inspectionp. 133
The Five Regulationsp. 137
Child of Truthp. 141
Quelling Disturbancesp. 143
Fighting between Clansp. 147
The Attitude of the Hen and the Roosterp. 149
The Face of Warp. 150
Proven Lawsp. 151
The Three Prohibitionsp. 153
The Reason for Punitive Expeditionsp. 154
Priority Methodsp. 155
Rules of Conductp. 157
The Way of Submissionp. 158
Aphorismsp. 163
The Original Wayp. 175
Indexp. 179
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