Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings : With Selections from Traditional Commentaries, Paperback Book

Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings : With Selections from Traditional Commentaries Paperback

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Ideal for students and scholars alike, this edition of Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) includes the complete Inner Chapters, extensive selections from the Outer and Miscellaneous Chapters, and judicious selections from two thousand years of traditional Chinese commentaries, which provide the reader access to the text as well as to its reception and interpretation.

A glossary, brief biographies of the commentators, a bibliography, and an index are also included.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
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  • Category: Oriental & Indian philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780872209114

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Zhuangzi (or Chuang-tsu ??) was one of the big three contributors to Taoist thought alongside Laozi and Liezi; although Zhuangzi's writings particularly in the Inner Chapters cannot be classed as strictly Taoist and he was only classified as such in later dynasties. <br/><br/>The edition of the <i>Zhuangzi</i> translated by Brook Ziporyn has the whole of the Inner Chapter, traditionally ascribed to Zhuangzi, a selection of the Outer Chapters, and of particular note, a selection of commentaries on the Inner Chapters by noted, later commentators including Guo Xiang. <br/><br/>A deeply insightful and poetic work, it is always hard to capture the original in translation but Ziporyn does well - at times, though the translation seems "looser" than previous translations such as Graham's (which remains the most academic and thorough). <br/><br/>This is one of the most recent translations of the <i>Zhuangzi</i> and thus benefits from that. The most worthwhile aspect of this edition is, as previously mentioned, the additional commentaries and an interesting introduction.