Zhuangzi: Thinking through the Inner Chapters
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Zhuangzi: Thinking through the Inner Chapters is a major contribution to the philosophical understanding of Zhuangzi as seen by the foremost representative of new Chinese scholarship. Besides giving detailed readings of all seven Inner Chapters, the book also provides historical and textual context plus an in-depth examination of key philosophical concepts. Providing new and often startling insights, it flushes out the relevance of Zhuangzi's thought especially in relation to Confucian and Mohist teachings as well as to Chinese history and culture. A must for anyone interested in Chinese and comparative philosophy.
In a series of careful readings Bo Wang shows the unity of thought of the Inner Chapters. Here the Zhuangzi gets its volume and resonance from the Chinese tradition, and unobstructed by Western "problems of philosophy," the essential Zhuangzi comes to view: his crazy autonomy, the full virtue of his no-mind that equalizes things and transcends body and society in clear awareness, and his immense aloneness oblivious to the rites and virtues of a world beyond saving. -- Eske Mollgaard, University of Rhode Island
Zhuangzi: Thinking through the Inner Chapters is the happy coincidence of one of America's foremost experts on Daoist texts translating and making available the scholarship of one of China's most distinguished experts on Daoist philosophy. Wang Bo's research is a self-conscious attempt to allow the Zhuangzi--perhaps the most deliciously protean text in all of the Chinese philosophical canons--to speak for itself by locating it squarely within its own interpretive context: its own historical and intellectual milieu. In so doing, Wang has allowed the master translator Livia Kohn in her deliberate English to take the next step in making his work available to the Western academy as a platform for their engagement with this Daoist classic.--Roger T. Ames, University of Hawai'i
To see the table of contents and the introduction, please click here: Wang-Intro.pdf