Hiding the World in the World: Uneven Discourses on the Zhuangzi [NOOK Book]

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A literary and philosophical masterpiece of its age, and yet one of the most puzzling and elusive texts ever written, the Zhuangzi has been continuously reinterpreted. Here the age-old hermeneutic project of reading the Zhuangzi is brought up to the present with new essays addressing an array of interrelated topics from a variety of perspectives. These include how the work stands in relation to such issues as mystical experience, "skeptical" and "relativist" attitudes, individual value, ethical orientation, folk ...
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Hiding the World in the World: Uneven Discourses on the Zhuangzi

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Overview

A literary and philosophical masterpiece of its age, and yet one of the most puzzling and elusive texts ever written, the Zhuangzi has been continuously reinterpreted. Here the age-old hermeneutic project of reading the Zhuangzi is brought up to the present with new essays addressing an array of interrelated topics from a variety of perspectives. These include how the work stands in relation to such issues as mystical experience, "skeptical" and "relativist" attitudes, individual value, ethical orientation, folk psychologies and popular beliefs, and rhetorical logic and structure. By providing ten "uneven" perspectives on such matters, this volume contributes to the ongoing discourse on Zhuangzi's philosophy by placing it within our present interpretive context and pushing that context to new limits.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791486184
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Scott Cook is Associate Professor of Chinese at Grinnell College.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on Conventions
Introduction 1
1 Bimodal Mystical Experience in the "Qiwulun" Chapter of the Zhuangzi 15
2 How Many Are the Ten Thousand Things and I? Relativism, Mysticism, and the Privileging of Oneness in the "Inner Chapters" 33
3 Harmony and Cacophony in the Panpipes of Heaven 64
4 From "Merging the Body with the Mind" to "Wandering to Unitary Qi": A Discussion of Zhuangzi's Realm of the True Man and Its Corporeal Basis 88
5 Guru or Skeptic? Relativistic Skepticism in the Zhuangzi 128
6 Aporetics Ethics in the Zhuangzi 163
7 Reflex and Reflectivity: Wuwei in the Zhuangzi 207
8 A Mind-Body Problem in the Zhuangzi? 226
9 "Nothing Can Overcome Heaven": The Notion of Spirit in the Zhuangzi 248
10 Transforming the Dao: A Critique of A. C. Graham's Translation of the Inner Chapters of the Zhuangzi 263
References to Works on the Zhuangzi 291
List of Contributors 297
Index of Zhuangzi Citations 301
Index 305
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