Aspects of Political Wisdom in the Treatise Lao Tzu “Tao Te Ching”

Natalia P. Koptseva, Vladimir I. Kirko


"Tao Te Ching" by Lao Tzu has a worldwide cultural significance. There are different national traditions of studying of this treatise. The current importance "Tao Te Ching" is that the text contains the basic concepts of traditional Chinese culture. In Russia, the "Tao Te Ching" is analyzed about 200 years. This article discusses various aspects of dialectics wei 為 and wu wei 無為, contained in the treatise of Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching . Aspects of wu wei 無為 found in most of the chapters of the treatise ‘Tao Te Ching’. In the Tao Te Ching Lao Tzu says about the special spontaneous activity ‘make non- action.’ Dialectics wei 為 and wu wei 無為 is the foundation of the political doctrine of the Far Eastern civilization , Chinese civilization. Philosopher and writer Leo Tolstoy had understanding the evolution of concepts of Tao and wu wei 無為. Leo Tolstoy was the first translator and publisher of Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching in Russian. Over 30 years he studied the Tao Te Ching , and came to the conclusion that the essence of Taoism is the essence of Christianity . Based on the ideas of Leo Tolstoy, we can build the interaction between Christianity and Taoism.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2015.v6n5s2p119

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