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on 10 November 2012
I bought this book purely for its chapter on sex in the Daodejing for an essay I was writing at the time. The book is short, but thorough and to the point; you don't feel it's simply stating the obvious. Although I think his sexual interpretation of the text is incredibly forced, his perspective is fascinating for anyone familiar with Chinese philosophy or the Daodejing. Having said this, Moeller compares the text and its philosophical concepts far too frequently with Greek or other Western philosophies, which might be useful for someone not familiar with Chinese philosophy, but seems out of place considering Moeller could have supported his arguments far more effectively with contextually closer philosophies like Confucius or Mencius. The excessive use of Western philosophical examples does make it seem that Moeller is looking at the Daodejing from a far-removed cultural angle.
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