Wandering at Ease in the Zhuangzi

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Chinese philosophy specialists examine the Zhuangzi, a third century B.C.E. Daoist classic, in this collection of interpretive essays. The Zhuangzi is a celebration of human creativity - its language is lucid and opaque; its images are darkly brilliant; its ideas are seriously playful. Without question, it is one of the most challenging achievements of human literary culture. Thematically, the Zhuangzi offers diverse insights into how to develop an appropriate and productive attitude to one's life in this world. ...
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Chinese philosophy specialists examine the Zhuangzi, a third century B.C.E. Daoist classic, in this collection of interpretive essays. The Zhuangzi is a celebration of human creativity - its language is lucid and opaque; its images are darkly brilliant; its ideas are seriously playful. Without question, it is one of the most challenging achievements of human literary culture. Thematically, the Zhuangzi offers diverse insights into how to develop an appropriate and productive attitude to one's life in this world. Resourced over the centuries by Chinese artists and intellectuals alike, this text has provoked a commentarial tradition that rivals any masterpiece of world literature.
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Eleven Western scholars examine this third century B.C.E. text which for the most part addresses the project of personal realization and only derivatively social and political order. The essays offer diverse insights into how to develop an appropriate and productive attitude toward one's life in this world, shedding light on selected passages from the difficult text and providing the needed mediation between available translations of the Zuangzi and the reader's process of understanding. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 What Is the Reason of Failure or Success? The Fisherman's Song Goes Deep into the River: Fishermen in the Zhuangzi 15
2 Just Say No to "No Self" in Zhuangzi 35
3 Between Chen and Cai: Zhuangzi and the Analects 75
4 How to Interpret Chapter 16 of the Zhuangzi: "Repairers of Nature (Shan Xing)" 101
5 Living Beyond the Bounds: Henry Miller and the Quest for Daoist Realization 125
6 On Hui Shi 143
7 Transformational Humor in the Zhuangzi 163
8 Cook Ding's Life on the Whetstone: Contingency, Action, and Inertia in the Zhuangzi 175
9 On the Zhenren 197
10 A Meditation on Friendship 211
11 Knowing in the Zhuangzi: "From Here, on the Bridge, over the River Hao" 219
About the Contributors 231
Index 235
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