DAO de Jing: A Philosophical Translation (Paperback)

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In 1993, archaeologists unearthed a set of ancient bamboo scrolls that contained the earliest known version of the Dao de jing. Composed more than two thousand years ago, this life-changing document offers a regimen of self-cultivation to attain personal excellence and revitalize moral behavior. Now in this luminous new translation, renowned China scholars Roger T. Ames and David L. Hall bring the timeless wisdom of the Dao de jing into our contemporary world.

In this elegant volume, Ames and Hall feature the original Chinese texts of the Dao de jing and translate them into crisp, chiseled English that reads like poetry. Each of the eighty-one brief chapters is followed by clear, thought-provoking commentary exploring the layers of meaning in the text. This new version of one of the world’s most influential documents will stand as both a compelling introduction to Daoist thought and as the classic modern English translation.

About the Author


Roger T. Ames is professor of philosophy at the University of Hawai'i and editor of Philosophy East and West.

David L. Hall is the associate dean for research and graduate programs at The Pennsylvania State University, School of Information Sciences and Technology.

Praise For…


“A NEW ENGLISH VERSION OF THE CLASSIC CHINESE DAO DE JING . . . Provoke[s] the reader to see the text with fresh eyes.
This is a valuable find for anyone who wants to reengage a foundational work.”
Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780345444196
ISBN-10: 0345444191
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: December 30th, 2003
Pages: 256
Language: English