Logic of Tao Philosophy 
 

A few Words from the author

This logic of Tao philosophy came as a surprise after a long analysis of the Tao Te Ching. Along the way, the Pre-Socratic, the Buddhist, and some modern Western philosophers actually participated in clarifying and forming the final logic of Lao-tzu.

As we can see here, the logic of Tao philosophy has been there all along. It is because we have been overwhelmed by the historical mystical interpretations. Recovery of this logical structure will have a fundamental impact on our understanding of Tao philosophy.

Short History

After the paper The Basic Theory of Tao Philosophy was published in 2006, the basic model appeared, but was not recognized immediately. It was deemed only as an interesting observation.

Parmenides' discussion On Nature, Heraclitus fragments, and modern philosophers, such as Whitehead and Heidegger, all provided great insight. Schelling short discussion on the concept of "ontological equivalence" all have encouraged constant search on Oneness. Of course, Plato's Theory of Form also served as a stimulus.

In fact, the concept of Heng discussed by Professor Wang Qingjie has the crystallizing impact on the interpretation of the first Chapter of the Tao Te Ching, and enable us to present the architecture of Tao philosophy clearly.

A Final Journey


With this logical structure, we can pursue Tao philosophy with a clear logic. It is likely that the prevailing communities of Tao philosophy will need a long time to recognize the logic of Tao philosophy as a valid representation.

In the mean time, Tao is found to be part of a universal observation of nature. It may lose some high statue proclaimed previously.

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Dates

I-Lan Junior High School (1955-1959)
Taipei Institute of Technology (1959-1964)
Univ. of New Hampshire 1965-1966
Rensselaer Institute of Technology 1966-1967
Massachusette Institute of Technology 1967-1971

 

Reference:

The Dynamic Tao and Its Manifestations is an earlier attempt to understand Tao philosophy from our experiences in modern sciences. Modern sciences is built on the non-dualistic view of the world. This study is a break away from the traditional mysterious interpretation of Tao. It first show the logic behind the paradoxes of Tao.

The Tao Te Ching : A Logical Interpretation by Wayne L. Wang
(planned, 2012)

This is an interpretation of the Tao Te Ching based on the
Principle of Oneness.