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Chinese Reading of the Daodejing, A
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Many of the brightest Chinese minds have used the form of the commentary to open the terse and poetic chapters of the Laozi to their readers and also to develop a philosophy of their own. None has been more sophisticated, philosophically probing, and influential in the endeavor than a young genius of the third century C.E., Wang Bi (226–249). In this book, Rudolf G. Wagner provides a full translation of the Laozi that extracts from Wang Bi’s Commentary the manner in which he read the text, as well as a full translation of Wang Bi’s Commentary and his essay on the “subtle pointers” of the Laozi. The result is a Chinese reading of the Laozi that will surprise and delight Western readers familiar with some of the many translations of the work. A Chinese Reading of the Daodejing is part of Rudolf Wagner’s trilogy on Wang Bi’s philosophy and classical studies, which also includes The Craft of a Chinese Commentator: Wang Bi on the Laozi and Language, Ontology, and Political Philosophy in China: Wang Bi’s Scholarly Exploration of the Dark (Xuanxue), both published by SUNY Press.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. 1. The Wang Bi Recension of the Laozi
  2. pp. 3-3
  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. THE PROBLEM
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. WANG BI'S ORIGINAL RECENSION OF THE LAOZI
  2. pp. 6-17
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  1. SUPERIMPOSITION
  2. pp. 17-25
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  1. THE DIVISION INTO ZHANG AND PIAN
  2. pp. 25-27
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  1. CONCLUSION
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. APPENDIX A
  2. pp. 28-30
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  1. APPENDIX B
  2. pp. 30-32
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  1. 2. Patronage and the Transmission of the Wang Bi Commentary: Foundations for a Critical Edition
  2. pp. 33-33
  1. THE PROBLEM
  2. pp. 33-35
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  1. A HISTORY OF WANG BI'S COMMENTARY ON THE LAOZI: THE EVIDENCE
  2. pp. 35-65
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  1. CONCLUSIONS
  2. pp. 65-67
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  1. 3. Wang Bi: "The Structure of the Laozi's Subtle Pointers," Laozi weizhi lueli, a Philological Study and Translation Together with the Text
  2. pp. 69-69
  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 69-69
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  1. THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE LAOZI WEIZHI LUELI (LZWZLL)
  2. pp. 69-73
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  1. WANG BI'S LZWZLL AND THE TRANSMITTED TEXT
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. The Genre of the LZWZLL
  2. pp. 75-78
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  1. THE LAOZI'S STRUCTURE ACCORDING TO THE LZWZLL
  2. pp. 78-80
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  1. THE BASIS FOR THE EDITION OF THE TEXT
  2. pp. 80-82
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  1. WANG BI: THE STRUCTURE OF THE LAOZI'S POINTERS
  2. pp. 82-106
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  1. 4. A Reconstruction and Critical Edition of the Laozi Text Used by Wang Bi; a Reconstruction and Critical Edition of Wang Bi's Commentary on the Laozi; an Extrapolative Translation of the Laozi through Wang Bi's Commentary; and a Translation of Wang Bi's
  2. pp. 107-107
  1. A NOTE ON THE EDITION
  2. pp. 107-112
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  1. A NOTE ON EXTRAPOLATIVE TRANSLATION
  2. pp. 112-116
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  1. A NOTE ON PREVIOUS TRANSLATIONS
  2. pp. 116-127
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  1. WANG BI, COMMENTARY ON THE LAOZI
  2. pp. 119-387
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 389-389
  1. Notes - CHAPTER 1
  2. pp. 389-394
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  1. Notes - CHAPTER 2
  2. pp. 394-401
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  1. Notes - CHAPTER 3
  2. pp. 401-423
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  1. Notes - CHAPTER 4
  2. pp. 423-498
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 499-512
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 513-531
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