Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings : With Selections from Traditional Commentaries
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.
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 140 x 216 x 15.24mm | 284g
- 15 Mar 2009
- Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
- Cambridge, MA, United States
The Zhuangzi, with its 'goblet words, ' lends itself by design to endless interpretation, of which no single instance has any real claim to the 'correct' meaning of the text. To date, "Zhuangzi" translations have presented their readers with only a single view of the text--that of the translator himself. With Ziporyn's book, the English world finally has the means to read the "Zhuangzi" the way it should be read: through the eyes of many. Ziporyn has carefully selected the most illuminating passages to be found within several of the most brilliant "Zhuangzi" commentaries written over the past two millennia, and he has rendered these often abstruse interpretations, along with the key "Zhuangzi" chapters which form their subject, accurately and lucidly into flowing English prose. This extraordinary work sets the new standard for "Zhuangzi" translations, and will prove an indispensable resource for anyone who wishes to take a comprehensive view of this most timeless and boundless of Chinese philosophical classics. --Scott Cook, Grinnell College
Brook Ziporyn is Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Northwestern University.