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Basic writings

Author: Zhuangzi.; Burton Watson
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [1996] ©1996
Series: Translation from the Asian classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The basic writings of Chuang Tzu have been savored by Chinese readers for more than two thousand years. And Burton Watson's lucid and beautiful translation has been loved by generations of readers. Chuang Tzu (369?-286? B.C.) was a leading philosopher representing the Taoist strain in Chinese thought. Using parable and anecdote, allegory and paradox, he set forth, in the book that bears his name, the early ideas of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Zhuangzi.; Burton Watson
ISBN: 0231105959 9780231105958 0231086067 9780231086066
OCLC Number: 1049751866
Notes: Includes index.
Description: ix, 159 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Preface --
Outline of early Chinese history --
Introduction --
Free and easy wandering --
Discussion on making all things equal --
The secret of caring for life --
In the world of men --
The sign of virtue complete --
The great and venerable teacher --
Fit for emperors and kings --
Autumn floods --
Supreme happiness --
Mastering life --
External things --
Index.
Series Title: Translation from the Asian classics.
Other Titles: Nanhua jing.
Responsibility: Chuang Tzu ; translated by Burton Watson.

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The basic writings of Chuang Tzu have been savored by Chinese readers for more than two thousand years. And Burton Watson's lucid and beautiful translation has been loved by generations of readers. Chuang Tzu (369?-286? B.C.) was a leading philosopher representing the Taoist strain in Chinese thought. Using parable and anecdote, allegory and paradox, he set forth, in the book that bears his name, the early ideas of what was to become the Taoist school. Central to these is the belief that only by understanding Tao (the Way of Nature) and dwelling in its unity can man achieve true happiness and freedom, in both life and death. Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings includes the seven "inner chapters," which form the heart of the book, three of the "outer chapters," and one of the "miscellaneous chapters." Watson also provides an introduction, which places the philosopher in relation to Chinese history and thought. Witty and imaginative, enriched by brilliant imagery, and making sportive use of both mythological and historical personages (including even Confucius), this timeless classic is sure to appeal to anyone interested in Chinese religion and culture.

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