Rediscovering the Roots of Chinese Though: Laozi's Philosophy
150pp. January 2015
Rediscovering the Roots of Chinese Though: Laozi's Philosophy
Author: Chen, Guying; Translator: D'Ambrosio, Paul;
Rediscovering the Roots of Chinese Thought: Laozi’s Philosophy is an English translation of one of the most influential Chinese texts on Daoism of the past century, written by Guying Chen, one of China’s foremost scholars of Daoist thought and the author of annotated classical commentaries that serve as standard resources in many Chinese universities.

This book offers a unique discussion of the Laozi, arguing—in contrast to standard Western scholarship—that the text goes back to a single author and identifying him as an older contemporary, and even teacher, of Confucius. This places the Confucian Analects after the Laozi and makes the text the most fundamental work of ancient Chinese thought.

Chen explores these debates regarding these points, providing evidence based on materials excavated from Mawangdui and Guodian. His book is fascinating documentation of contemporary Chinese arguments and debates previously unavailable in English. It is nothing less than a complete revision of the history of Chinese thought with Daoism as its major focus.

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"This book provides invaluable insight into the thought and scholarship of one of the most original and influential contemporary Chinese Daoist philosophers. Guying Chen’s reflections on the history of the Daode jing and the ideas expressed in this foundational classic are simply fascinating. Paul D’Ambrosio’s elegant translation is both faithful to the original and philosophically acute. The book is a precious resource for Western readers interested in Daoist thought and the cultural history of China which will massively to broaden their understanding of how the Daoist classic came about and what it means to contemporary Chinese thinkers." —Hans-Georg Moeller, University of Macau
Author: Chen, Guying; Translator: D'Ambrosio, Paul;
Guying Chen was born in Fujian province in 1935. He received his degree in philosophy from National Taiwan University, where he taught for most of his life. In the 1980s, he returned to live part time on the mainland, where he still teaches at Peking University’s Center for Daoist Studies. The author of numerous works on Daoist thought, often in comparison with Western philosophy, Chen is among the most influential living scholars of Chinese thought. Still vibrantly active, he runs various conferences and academic projects, forever stimulating new ventures and contributing to the wider appreciation and deeper understanding of Daoist thinking.

Paul D’Ambrosio was born in Boston, Mass., and received his Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland in 2012. He works as an adjunct professor at Merrimack College, Fudan University, and East China Normal University (both in Shanghai). Specializing in include early Daoist and Wei-Jin period philosophy, he is the author of several articles and has a book in preparation.