[Reading] ➵ Chuang Tzu ➼ Chaung Tzu – Bassgrotto.co.uk


  • Paperback
  • 148 pages
  • Chuang Tzu
  • Chaung Tzu
  • English
  • 16 September 2017
  • 0231086067

10 thoughts on “Chuang Tzu

  1. says:

    This book contains the inner chapters, not the entire Chuang Tzu, but generally considered the essential and least corrupt chapters It s one of my favorite books, and after reading Watson s translation I m unable to read anyone else s it s wonderful and there are quite a few weak versions, and weaker paraphrases Of the Chinese classics I ve read this is not only the most subtle and profound, it s sometimes absolutely hilarious His parodies of Confucianism are a riot, his magical unreali This book contains the inner chapters, not the entire Chuang Tzu, but generally considered the essential and least corrupt chapters It s one of my favorite books, and after reading Watson s translation I m unable to read anyone else s it s wonderful and there are quite a few weak versions, and weaker paraphrases Of the Chinese classics I ve read this is not only the most subtle and profound, it s sometimes absol...


  2. says:

    I can t decide if I learnt something, or nothing at all.This book has a mystic s tone, in just the same way that Wittgenstein s TLP does As a translation, Burton Watson makes a great companion and the foreword provides the necessary context to read the work, illuminative for those who are unfamiliar with Eastern philosophy His many footnotes ...


  3. says:

    GR keeps asking me if I ve read this book because I ve read Tao Te Ching Well, I have read Chuang Tzu s writings in Japanese translation that comes with the original Chinese texts and footnotes Chinese characters represent not only the phonetics but also the meanings, and many modern Japanese translations of Chinese classics contain the original text to assist deeper understanding even though I don t speak Chinese, I know the meanings of the characters We ve been reading such classics for g GR keeps asking me if I ve read this book because I ve read Tao Te Ching Well, I have read Chuang Tzu s writings in Japanese translation that comes with the ...


  4. says:

    I ve read this a number of times and I ve read other translations for me Burton Watson is the best the humor shines through and the language Watson uses in his translation is clear and precise He also provides useful footnotes which are located on the same page as the textHere s a famous sample using the famous cleaver illustration However, whenever I come to a complicated place, I size up the difficulties, tell myself to watch out and be careful, keep my eyes on what I m doing, work I ve read this a number of times and I ve read other translations for me Burton Watson is the best the humor shines through and the language Watson uses in his translation is clear and precise He also provides useful footnotes which are located on the same page as the textHere s a famous sample using the famous cleaver illustration How...


  5. says:

    I almost felt like putting this on the fantasy shelf, so much of it was so purely fanciful Chuang tzu is, in the words of my prof, a wild literary ride Daoist in affiliation, this book is actually pretty drastically different from Lao tzu s, and muchof the mystical side The only reason why it s at 4 and not 5 stars is the lack of cohesiveness which plagues these 2000 year old texts It can be a little hard to focus your attention at times when the thing is jumping all over the plac I almost felt like putting this on the fantasy shelf, so much of it was so purely fanciful Chuang tzu is, in the words of my prof, a wild literary ride Daoist in affiliation, this book is actually pretty drastically different from Lao tzu s, and muchof the mystical side The only reason why it s at 4 and not 5 stars is the lack of cohesiveness which plagues these 2000 year old texts It can be a little hard to focus your attention at times when the...


  6. says:

    I found this to be a nice discussion of Taoism, worlds easier to extract meaning from than the Tao Te Ching, though not quite as clear as the Tao of Pooh It has all the trappings of ancient philosophy parables, dialogues, and very poor logical constructions though, unlike in Plato, these are essentially irrelevant for Zhuangzi the point is never expressed in logical terms, but rather by illustration in analogy and parable The parables are somewhat repetitious, both in tone and in ideas, an I found this to be a nice discussion of Taoism, worlds easier to extract meaning from than the Tao Te Ching, though not quite as clear as the Tao of Pooh It...


  7. says:

    Ursula K LeGuin s Lathe of Heaven has a few quotes by Chuang Tzu inside namely the one about a man dreaming he s a butterfly, who when waking questions if he s now a butterfly dreaming he s a man This book is a collection of mind bending parables about imaginary creatu...


  8. says:

    preferred tao te ching


  9. says:

    Great Taoist stories I read a version translated by Burton Watson You ll want to be familiar with the Taoist approach to make it an easier read, but perhaps with Taoist approach one should read and absorb and go with the flow rather than study up with knowledge


  10. says:

    The first class philosophy and the evaluation of human life The literature level is eveninaccessible.


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Chuang Tzu Chuang Tzu Zhuangzi, 369 286 B.C Was A Leading Thinker Representing The Taoist Strain In Chinese Thought Using Parable And Anecdote, Allegory And Paradox, He Set Forth The Early Ides Of What Was To Become The Taoist School Central In These Is The Belief That Only By Understanding Tao The Way Of Nature And Dwelling In Its Unity Can Man Achieve True Happiness And Be Truly Free, In Both Life And Death Witty And Imaginative, Enriched By Brilliant Imagery, Making Sportive Use Of Both Mythlogical And Historical Personages Including Even Confucius , The Book Which Bears Chuang Tzu S Name Has For Centuries Been Savored By Chinese Readers.This Translation, By Burton Watson, Of Chuang Tzu S 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 An Introduction Places The Philosopher In Relation To Chinese History And Thought.


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