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Daoism Handbook Paperback – 15 Nov 2004

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Brill (15 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0391042378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0391042377
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,649,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Eine erstaunlich reiche Quelle fur Foschung wie Lehre bildet das Daism Handbook von Livia Kohn. Es konnte und sollte das Studium des Daoismus im Westen anregen und bereichern.' Knut Walf, Orientierung, 2001. 'The Daoism Handbook is the most comprehensive, English-language, intellectual book on Daosim available.' Quarterly Review, 2003."

About the Author

Livia Kohn, Ph.D. (1980) in Chinese Studies, Bonn University, is Professor of Religious Studies at Boston University. She has published extensively on the Daoist tradition and its mysticism and mythology, including Early Chinese Mysticism (1992), The Taoist Experience (1993), Laughing at the Tao (1995) and God of the Dao (1998).

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By on 6 Sep 2000
Format: Library Binding
This book consists of twenty-eight substantial essays mainly on historical aspects of Daoism. While scholarly, its level is not forbiddingly technical. It would make an ideal companion for the(affluent) undergraduate in her first or second year studies of World Philosophy or Comparative Religion. The book eschews live philosophical issues such as the relevance of Daoist perspectives to present perplexities and there is no deep examination of the metaphysics of the Dao. Nor is there anything which would help those who are looking to Daoism for inspiration or techniques of meditation. The scholarship is rich and broad, but in reading what Western scholars have to say about these matters, one feels there is something lacking. It's a bit like attending a conference at which music is dissected by folk who don't know they're tone deaf.
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