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The Tao of the “Tao Te Ching”: A Translation and Commentary

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BY MICHAEL LAFARGUE
ALBANY, NEW YORK: SUNY PRESS, 1992
270 PAGES

My undergraduate students and I just finished carefully reading Michael LaFargue’s The Tao of the “Tao Te Ching”, line by line. LaFargue’s book is the first study of this seminal text to utilize fully the methodology of textual criticism developed mainly within Biblical studies. This method provides an extremely useful and much needed contextualization of the Tao Te Ching within the specific historical, religious and social conditions of ancient China.