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Zhuangzi , Brook Ziporyn
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1 Oct 2008
This volume is a translation of over two-thirds of the classic Daoist text Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu), including the complete Inner Chapters and extensive selections from the Outer and Miscellaneous Chapters, plus judicious selections from 2000 years of traditional Chinese commentaries, which provide the reader access to the text as well as to its reception and interpretation. Brief biographies of the commentators, a bibliography, a glossary, and an index are also included.

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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc (1 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872209113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872209114
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great for academics less so for martial artists 13 May 2014
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Was what I was expecting from synopsis - however needs concentration when being read. A book to pick up, put down and reflect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING 8 Aug 2013
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"Suppose you and I get into a debate. If you win and I lose, does that really mean you are right and I am wrong? If I win and you lose, does that really mean I'm right and you're wrong? Must one of us be right and the other wrong? Or could both of us be right, or both of us wrong? If neither you nor I can know, a third person would be even more benighted. Whom should we have straighten out the matter? Someone who agrees with you? But since he already agrees with you, how can he straighten it out? Someone who agrees with me? But since, she already agrees with me, how can he straighten it out? Someone who disagrees with both of us? But if he already disagrees with both of us, how can he straighten it out? Someone who agrees with both of us? But since he already agrees with both of us, how can he straighten it out? So neither you nor I nor any third party can ever know how it is--shall we wait for yet some "other"?
extract 2.44 from Inner Chapter Two Equalizing Assessments of Things page 20

footnote to the above "Wait for some `other"' is dai bi [Chinese characters given]. For dai, see ... Glossary. Bi, here translated "other," is the word used for "that" as opposed to "this" earlier in this chapter.

2.44 SHI DEQING: The living pulse of Zhuangzi's writing integrates it from top to bottom, like an underground spring. This chapter speaks laterally and vertically, up and down and back and forth, for over three thousand characters, finally arriving at this one word "other" to conclude it. What power it has! Looking back to the beginning of the discussion, with its subtle hints about a "genuine ruler," we find that he said there merely that "without an other there is no me," making this word "other" the ruling principle of the discussion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Dimensions 25 Sep 2009
By Scott P. Bradley - Published on Amazon.com
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For those who find inspiration in Chuang Tzu, this translation of the text and the commentaries which have accompanied it from its original canonization to this day are a real treat. The translation of the text itself shows a true symapthy with its intended message. For those of us non-scholars of ancient Chinese, the commentaries provide a whole new dimenision of insight into the often obscure meanings of Chuang Tzu's work. In you enjoy Chuang Tzu, much pleasure awaits you here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Butterflies and Philosophers 22 Jan 2011
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This is now the best version on the market. It combines accuracy and fluency. I have been tracking through it along with Watson and Graham, and I think it is the one I will work with. The only slight reservation I have is that one misses the Graham introductions "placing" the later chapters in their philosophical contexts: but the very extensive footnoted commentaries throughout the text make up for this. Really, this version is all any but the most devoted student will need. The selections are appropriate, with the bonus of some early commentaries. Hackett strikes again!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the definitive translation 4 Dec 2011
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This translation easly surpasses all others in print, even though scholars will still, I'm sure, refer to the AC Graham version (I will). Ziporyn has translated into current American English with style and clarity while preserving enough of the Classical Chinese cast of the text to make this a translation for scholars as well as students. I appreciate too how he has varied the translation of key terms with footnotes in romanized Chinese, so we can appreciate the dexterity of the translator's art as well as the one sustained Chinese term. Especially valuable in this edition are the superb commentaries which give significant new insight into the passages, especially for me Guo Xiang, Wang Fuzhi, and Shi Deqing. I used this text for the first time in a discussion class at Shimer College this past semester; our discussions reached a level of maturity and insight early in the course as great or greater than we achieved in a whole semester in other years. Clearly, I recommend it highly!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great texts; excellent footnotes! 15 Dec 2013
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I really love Zhuangzi; they are my favorite taoist texts. The translator has bent over backwards to explain the concepts present in an approachable fasion, often offering multiple possible translations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 27 Jan 2013
By M. Anthony - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, excellent. Good edition. Great on the iPad, or kindle I imagine. specialist tast anyway!
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