The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu
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.
Indeed, Chuang Tzu (the writer, not the book) was very carefree person who kept away from authority. Scholars generally consider him as a proto-anarchist, and that reflects in his work. Being a major text in Eastern Philosophy, though, there have been plenty interpretations of Chuang Tzu, so I should just stop here... (Not th ...more
This is one of the best chinese texts I've ever read, and one of the most famous ones. It's probably the most fun to read too.
Zhuangzi (and the anonymous writers) talk about and poke fun at different philosophers and ideas of the time. He/they explain their philosophy through short stories and anecdotes, often featuring legendary chinese rulers and other characters.
Some of the most memorable passages have Confucious, probably the most praised philosopher and statesman ...more
Zhuangzi, or “Master Zhuang” (also known in the Wade-Giles romanization as Chuang-tzu) was, after Laozi, one of the earliest thinkers to contribute to the philosophy that has come to be known as Daojia, or school of the Way. According to traditional dating, he was an almost exact contemporary of the Confucian thinker Mencius, but there appears to have been ...more