Logic of Tao Philosophy  
Tao according to Tao

Tao listening to Tao:

 Tao Philosophy according to Lao-Tzu

 

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Abstract:  The Logic of Tao Philosophy

Historical commentaries on the Tao Te Ching have indeed blurred the basic logic of Tao philosophy, to the extent that Tao Philosophy has become an inexplicable “ancient thought.” This article extracts a well-defined “Logic of Tao philosophy” from the first chapter of the Tao Te Ching, and shows that the logic of Lao-tzu is rather precise. His description of Tao is not “fuzzy and indeterminate” but has fully reflected the authentic characteristics of Tao.

From this logic, we can see clearly how Lao-tzu describes the special "one-and-many" relationship between the Heng Tao (恆道) and its manifestations, Heng Wu 恆無 and Heng Yu 恆有, and the basic logical principle of expressing reality in terms of our language. We call this principle, the Principle of Oneness. The logic of Lao-tzu regards “Heng Tao” as the center of Tao Philosophy and shows symmetry between Wu and Yu that conforms to the Tai Chi diagram. This theory directly invalidates the traditional view that "You comes from Wu 有生於無.

This may be a major turning point in Tao philosophy. We may establish a Tao philosophy with clear logic. The basic logic may be used in discussions of various philosophical themes. We not only can resolve reasonably many historical debates, but can also offer a discussion platform with other East and West philosophies.

Key Words: logic of Tao philosophy, You-Wu Debates, one-and-many relation, principle of oneness, trinity, Tai Chi, theory of forms, dualism, process philosophy

Upcoming Books

 

Tentative Titles:

Tao Te Ching - A Logical Interpretation

Tao Te Ching: The Last Journey

The format will include:
eBook, Printed Copy.

 

 

 

 

An interpretation of the Tao Te Ching based on the Principle of Oneness. It further shows the ultimate consistency of Tao and many common errors and necessary reassessment on the interpretation of the Tao Te Ching.


這可能是道家哲學的一個重大轉變。我們可以建立一個有明確邏輯的道家哲學。這個很基本的邏輯適用於各種哲學議題的論述。這樣我們不但能合理解決歷代的爭論,也可以建立一個可以與其他哲學溝通的平台。