The tao te ching is ascribed to laozi whose historical existence has been a matter of scholastic debate his name which means old master has only fueled controversy on this issue laozi daodejing english german introduction 140 p bibliogr 3 german transl aachen mainz 2008 548 p. Laozi lao tzu fl 6th cn bce laozi is the name of a legendary daoist philosopher the alternate title of the early chinese text better known in the west as the daodejing and the moniker of a deity in the pantheon of organized religious daoism that arose during the later han dynasty 25 220 ce. The long tradition that laozi was the author of the daodejing was so badly shaken in the 19th century that some scholars even questioned the historical existence of the sage the classic itself moreover contains no references to other writings persons events or places that might provide a clue for dating the composition. Trends is the dao de jing of laozi perhaps the most famous of all chinese books laozi the guy despite the fact that after his death he became one of the worlds two or three best selling authors laozi never actually died in traditional china many people believed daodejing
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