Laozi: An Axiomatic Interpretation

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Laozi or Lao Tzu, also known as Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching, is the Chinese philosophical classic written by Laozi, the great ancient Chinese thinker and philosopher. It has had a substantial influence on China and even the world. This book adopts an axiomatic approach to the interpretation of Laozi by making some basic assumptions, definitions, axioms and propositional reasoning based on its original intention. It highlights the logical system of Laozi, and it’s helpful for people in understanding Laozi’s thought exactly.
Table of Contents



第一章 引论

第二章 定义,基本假设,公理

第三章 明道篇

第四章 贵德篇

第五章 治国篇

第六章 摄生篇







Readers’ Guide

Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter Two: Definitions, Assumptions and Axioms

Chapter Three: On Understanding the Dao

Chapter Four: On Cherishing Virtue

Chapter Five: On Governance

Chapter Six: On Preserving Health

Epilogue One: Man Models Himself on Earth, Earth on Heaven, Heaven on the Dao, and the Dao on Nature

Epilogue Two: Professor Xiao Shutie Will Live in Our Hearts

Postscript: Dao Models on Nature and Follows the Trend

Translators’ Notes

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