"Way & Its Power" ( Arthur Waley ) Essay by The Research Group

"Way & Its Power" ( Arthur Waley )
Examines ways which Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu believes can bring about the good society, focusing first on the individual.
# 20502 | 1,125 words | 1 source | 1993 | US
Published on Mar 25, 2003 in Religion and Theology (Eastern) , Philosophy (Eastern)


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" This study will examine the ways which Lao Tzu believes can bring about the good society, as described in Arthur Waley's The Way and Its Power.

On first glance, it would appear that Lao Tzu could not be less concerned than he is with the state of society, good or bad. But it is clear that in his prescriptions for behavior and thought on the part of the individual, Lao Tzu derives much of his perception from the state of the universe. It would be impossible, in other words, to be unconcerned with the state of society when one is concerned with the state of the individual and the state of the universe.

On the other hand, it is true that Lao Tzu was far from being the social and political thinker that, for example, Confucius was."

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