Zhuangzi Analysis

Additional Reading

(Critical Survey of Ethics and Literature)

Allinson, Robert E. Chuang Tzu for Spiritual Transformation: An Analysis of the Inner Chapters. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1989. Allinson discusses the writing style of the Zhuangzi and how it relates to the text’s philosophical commitment to spiritual transformation.

Ames, Roger T., ed. Wandering at Ease in the “Zhuangzi.” Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998. Eleven essays on the Zhuangzi, which collectively are intended to comprise a primer on how to read this Daoist classic.

Creel, H. G., ed. What Is Taoism? And Other Studies in Chinese Cultural History. 1970. Reprint. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982. A collection of essays worth the reader’s attention including Creel’s important essay “The Great Cold: A Taoist Conception of the Universe.”

De Bary, William Theodore, ed. Sources of Chinese Tradition. Vol. 1. New York: Columbia University Press, 1960. Includes a short selection from the Zhuangzi and a very brief article on Zhuangzi’s skepticism and mysticism. Good introduction.

Hochsmann, Hyun. On Chuang Tzu. Belmont, Calif.: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2001. A brief introduction to Zhuangzi’s life and thought, intended as a guide for students.

Ivanhoe, Philip J., and Paul Kjellberg, eds. Essays on Skepticism, Relativism, and Ethics in the Zhuangzi. Albany: State...

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