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Abstract

The conception of ren 仁 is rarely mentioned in Laozi’s theory, people easily explained Daodejing as an instance of Laozi’s objection to ren. This paper explored the Laozi’s unique conception in Daodejing with different contexts in early Daoist literature. However, Laozi’s understanding of ren is different and wider; it not only relies on morality, but also extends to be natural order. The great ren, which is admired by the Daodejing and Laozi, came from our nature and it should be expressed without motives or intention. It is an absolute universal benevolence among all creatures, and harmony interaction with the rest of the world.

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