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The Book of Chuang Tzu by Zhuangzi

The Book of Chuang Tzu

by Zhuangzi

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    Klassische chinesische Philosophie: Eine Einführung by Hubert Schleichert (JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Schleichert erklärt die chinesische Philosophie einfach gut, darunter auch den Zhuangzi.

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Sigh, another work of philosophy that I just couldn't finish. Perhaps I am a victim of Western linear thinking, but endless anecdotes that don't make any sense just make me run out of steam. Add to that the footnotes which make it clear that much of the translation is educated guesswork and I wonder what the point is.
  ritaer | Jun 28, 2017 |
About the author: quoting from the book's introduction page, "Martin Palmer is Director of the Internal Consultancy on Religion, Education and Culture (ICOREC). A student of Chinese for over twenty years, he has translated many Chinese classics and folk religion texts. . ." About the book: quoting from the book's back cover, "The Book of Chuang Tzu draws together the stories, tales, jokes and anecdotes that have gathered around the figure of Chuang Tzu. One of the great founders of Taoism, Chuang Tzu lived in the fourth century [B. C. E. {Before the Common Era}] and is among the most enjoyable and intriguing personalities in the whole of Chinese philosophy."
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  uufnn | Jan 26, 2016 |
By the founder of Taoism; anti-Confucian; need more research on translation.
  AlCracka | Apr 2, 2013 |
I'm a budding biologist taking a pit stop in my course work to enjoy some eastern philosophy. I found the Tao Te Ching to be too detached and esoteric from the every day. The Chuang Tzu seems to be a cure. Involving anthropomorphic creatures and humorous personages belonging to cicadas and doves as well as humans. Its refreshing and enjoyable. The common sense employed by Chuang Cho is sharp and cuts to the bone. ( )
  dullchimes | Oct 23, 2008 |
Chuang Tzu is the author of the first seven chapters, and they are brilliantly chaotic and muddy. In other words, he invented a style of writing that reflects the character of the Taoist sage as described in the Tao Te Ching. It seems as though he has turned everything on its head; however, if you read these passages carefully and recognize the intended humor, they'll make sense to you. The remaining chapters are believed to be by his students. They are not nearly as clever. Burton Watson's introduction is helpful in pointing the way to understanding this extraordinary book. ( )
  mewilbur | May 31, 2007 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
ZhuangziAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beijer, SuzanCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Bary, Wm. TheodoreForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Legge, JamesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palmer, Martinsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pinkse, SanderDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schipper, KristoferTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Waltham, ClaeEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Watson, BurtonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zhou DongqingCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is one of the most justly celebrated texts of the Chinese tradition - impressive for both its bold philosophical imagination and its striking literary style. Accepting the challenge of translating this captivating classic in its entirety, Burton Watson has expertly rendered into English both the profound thought and the literary brilliance of the text.

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