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.About the Author:
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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