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The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu / Edition 1

The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu / Edition 1


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231031479
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 08/22/1968
Series: Translations from the Asian Classics
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 397
Sales rank: 634,648
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Burton Watson is one of the world's best-known translators from the Chinese and Japanese. His translations include The Lotus Sutra, The Vimalakirti Sutra, Ryokan: Zen Monk-Poet of Japan, Saigyo: Poems of a Mountain Home, and The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry: From Early Times to the Thirteenth Century, all published by Columbia.

Wm. Theodore de Bary (1919–2017) was John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and provost emeritus of Columbia University. His many books include Waiting for the Dawn, Message of the Mind, and Learning for One’s Self, as well as Sources of Japanese Tradition and Sources of Korean Tradition, all published by Columbia University Press.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Wm. Theodore de Barry
1. Free and Easy Wandering
2. Discussion on Making All Things Equal
3. The Secret of Caring for Life
4. In the World of Men
5. The Sign of Virtue Complete
6. The Great and Venerable Teacher
7. Fit for Emperors and Kings
8. Webbed Toes
9. Horses' Hoofs
10. Rifling Trunks
11. Let It Be, Leave it Alone
12. Heaven and Earth
13. The Way of Heaven
14. The Turning of Heaven
15. Constrained in Will
16. Mending the Inborn Nature
17. Autumn Floods
18. Perfect Happiness
19. Mastering Life
20. The Mountain Tree
21. T'ien Tzu-fang
22. Knowledge Wandered North
23. Keng-sang Ch'u
24. Hsü Wu-kuei
25. Tse-yang
26. External Things
27. Imputed Words
28. Giving Away a Throne
29. Robber Chih
30. Discoursing on Swords
31. The Old Fisherman
32. Lieh Yü-k'ou
33. The World

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The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
dullchimes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a budding biologist taking a pit stop in my course work to enjoy some eastern philosophy. I found the Tao Te Ching to be too detached and esoteric from the every day. The Chuang Tzu seems to be a cure. Involving anthropomorphic creatures and humorous personages belonging to cicadas and doves as well as humans. Its refreshing and enjoyable. The common sense employed by Chuang Cho is sharp and cuts to the bone.
mewilbur on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chuang Tzu is the author of the first seven chapters, and they are brilliantly chaotic and muddy. In other words, he invented a style of writing that reflects the character of the Taoist sage as described in the Tao Te Ching. It seems as though he has turned everything on its head; however, if you read these passages carefully and recognize the intended humor, they'll make sense to you. The remaining chapters are believed to be by his students. They are not nearly as clever. Burton Watson's introduction is helpful in pointing the way to understanding this extraordinary book.