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Tao Te Ching, Dao De Jing, the Laozi This is a complete Tao Te Ching with a pragmatic profile. It combines the efforts of Drs. Lin Yutang, Arthur Waley, and Wing-tsit Chan. The result does not incorporate the latest discoveries of copies, (a) the Mawangdui Silk Texts and (b) the text found on bamboo slips in Guodian (from before 300 BCE). On the whole the Mawangdui and Guodian versions are in accord with the otherwise received versions that translators used earlier, but with many variant and/or archaic characters that yield different translations of some parts, and added verses too. Recent translations - e.g. Robert Henricks 1989 and Moss Roberts 2004 -make use of the Mawangdui and Guodian versions also. "The Guodian and Mawangdui manuscripts are certainly older than the received text of the Laozi, but this does not necessarily mean that they are therefore closer to the "original," if there was an original," [Alan Chan, in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, s.v. "Laozi"].

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* Bynner, Witter. The Way of Life, According to Lau Tzu. New York: Perigee/Penguin, 1944, 1972.

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