Tao and Method

Tao and Method

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Beginning with a critical discussion of modern hermeneutics, including treatments of Hirsch, Gadamer, and Derrida, LaFargue applies methods developed in biblical studies to the Tao Te Ching. He systematically discusses four areas necessary to recovering the Tao Te Ching's original meaning: its social background; the semantic structure of the brief aphorisms contained in the book; the concrete background of the more cosmic sayings; and the origin and genre of the 81 chapters of the Tao Te Ching. He proposes relatively new theories in each of these areas, leading to a new approach to the interpretation of the text--an approach that is illustrated in the translation and the detailed commentary on each chapter. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, ORPart One is an extended essay on general hermeneutics the theoretical underpinning of interpretive method. While the hermen- eutic approach I adopt in this study draws on many traditional and recent ideas on this subject, it is in many anbsp;...

Title:Tao and Method
Author:Michael LaFargue
Publisher:SUNY Press - 1994-01-01


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