Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" Book Review by supercalifragilistic

Sun Tzu's "The Art of War"
A discussion of the Taoist influences in Sun Tzu's "The Art of War."
# 97234 | 1,632 words | 4 sources | APA | 2007 | US

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This paper examines the religious and spiritual roots of Chinese Taoism found in the military treatise "The Art of War." The paper explains the basic tenets of Taoism and Sun Tzu's connection to the religion. The reviewer also addresses the book's paradox that Taoism is a peaceful religion, yet the work is about war. The reviewer states that traditional Taoist concepts emerge from discussions of battle tactics and troop movements. The paper also discusses Taoist views on duality such as the ying-yang and the art of wu wei. The paper concludes by stating that although Taoism is traditionally viewed as a peaceful religion, it recognizes that life involves conflict, but that the wise man can mediate this conflict and control it so that it is least destructive and most productive.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cantrell, Robert L. Understanding Sun Tazu on the Art of War. Arlington, VA: Center for Advantage, 2003.
  • Evans-Campbell, Brent. "The Art of Strategy." 1999. 9 April 2007 <>.
  • Sun Tzu. The Art of War. Ed. James Clavell. New York: Delacorte Press, 1983.
  • Wilson, Jaret. "The Tao of War." 28 July 2002. 9 April 2007 <>.

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