The Canon of Reason and Virtue
The philosophy of
Lao-Tze is consciously paradoxical and poetic: therapeutic and
deconstructional rather than analytic. It offers a guide to
practical action which verges on mysticism: how to exercise
strength without needing to be strong, how to win by yielding.
Lao-Tze's exhortation to act while not-acting or 'doing nothing'
has astonished and fascinated Chinese and Westerners alike.