The Complete Works of Zhuangzi by Burton WatsonThe Complete Works of Zhuangzi by Burton Watson

The Complete Works of Zhuangzi

Translated byBurton Watson

Hardcover | December 3, 2013

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Only by inhabiting Dao (the Way of Nature) and dwelling in its unity can humankind achieve true happiness and freedom, in both life and death. This is Daoist philosophy's central tenet, espoused by the person-or group of people-known as Zhuangzi (369?-286? B.C.E.) in a text by the same name. To be free, individuals must discard rigid distinctions between good and bad, right and wrong, and follow a course of action not motivated by gain or striving. When one ceases to judge events as good or bad, man-made suffering disappears and natural suffering is embraced as part of life.

Zhuangzi elucidates this mystical philosophy through humor, parable, and anecdote, deploying non sequitur and even nonsense to illuminate a truth beyond the boundaries of ordinary logic. Boldly imaginative and inventively worded, the Zhuangzi floats free of its historical period and society, addressing the spiritual nourishment of all people across time. One of the most justly celebrated texts of the Chinese tradition, the Zhuangzi is read by thousands of English-language scholars each year, yet only in the Wade-Giles romanization. Burton Watson's pinyin romanization brings the text in line with how Chinese scholars, and an increasing number of other scholars, read it.

Burton Watson has taught at Columbia, Stanford, and Kyoto Universities and is one of the world's best-known translators of Chinese and Japanese works. His translations include The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese Tales, The Analects of Confucius, The Tales of the Heike, and The Lotus Sutra; the writings of Zhuangzi, Mozi, Xunzi,...
Title:The Complete Works of ZhuangziFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pagesPublished:December 3, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231164742

ISBN - 13:9780231164740


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Table of Contents

IntroductionOutline of Early Chinese History1. Free and Easy Wandering2. Discussion on Making All Things Equal3. The Secret of Caring for Life4. In the World of Men5. The Sign of Virtue Complete6. The Great and Venerable Teacher7. Fit for Emperors and Kings8. Webbed Toes9. Horses' Hoofs10. Rifling Trunks11. Let It Be, Leave It Alone12. Heaven and Earth13. The Way of Heaven14. The Turning of Heaven15. Constrained in Will16. Mending the Inborn Nature17. Autumn Floods18. Supreme Happiness19. Mastering Life20. The Mountain Tree21. Tian Zifang22. Knowledge Wandered North23. Gengsang Chu24. Xu Wugui25. Zeyang26. External Things27. Imputed Words28. Giving Away a Throne29. Robber Zhi30. Discoursing on Swords31. The Old Fisherman32. Lie Yukou33. The WorldIndex

Editorial Reviews

Translation of any of the classics...from the hand of Burton Watson is an event to be welcomed with gratitude.