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Wandering at Ease in the Zhuangzi
Wandering at Ease in the Zhuangzi
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Roger T. Ames - Editor
SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
Price: $60.50 
Hardcover - 240 pages
Release Date: September 1998
ISBN10: 0-7914-3921-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-3921-0

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Paperback - 240 pages
Release Date: September 1998
ISBN10: 0-7914-3922-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-3922-7

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A diverse collection of interpretive essays on the third-century B.C.E. Daoist classic, the Zhuangzi, which continues the long commentarial tradition on this work and underscores its relevance to our own time and place.

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.

Wandering at Ease in the Zhuangzi continues the interpretive tradition as Western scholars shed light on selected passages from the difficult text, offering the needed mediation between available translations of the Zhuangzi and the reader's process of understanding. Taken as a whole, this anthology is a primer on how to read the Zhuangzi.

"I find throughout the work an excellent balance between philological and philosophical analysis. The style and prose of most of the essays are pleasing and easy to follow.The topics will appeal to a wide range of readers with a disparity of interests."-- Ewing Y. Chinn, Trinity University

Roger T. Ames is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Hawai'i. He is editor of Philosophy East & West and China Review International. Among his recent works are Thinking Through Confucius; Anticipating China: Thinking Through the Narratives of Chinese and Western Culture; and Thinking from the Han: Self, Truth, and Transcendence in Chinese and Western Culture, all with David L. Hall and published by SUNY Press.



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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. What Is the Reason of Failure or Success? The Fisherman's Song Goes Deep into the River: Fishermen in the Zhuangzi

Kirill Ole Thompson

2. Just Say No to "No Self" in Zhuangzi

Chris Jochim

3. Between Chen and Cai: Zhuangzi and the Analects

John Makeham

4. How to Interpret Chapter 16 of the Zhuangzi: "Repairers of Nature (Shan Xing)"

Henry G. Skaja

5. Living Beyond the Bounds: Henry Miller and the Quest for Daoist Realization

Randall P. Peerenboom

6. On Hui Shi

Lisa Raphals

7. Transformational Humor in the Zhuangzi

James D. Sellmann

9. On the Zhenren

Daniel Coyle

10. A Meditation on Friendship

Brian Lundberg

11. Knowing in the Zhuangzi: "From Here, on the Bridge, over the River Hao"

Roger T. Ames

About the Contributors

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