By Robert E. Allinson

This e-book deals a essentially new interpretation of the philosophy of the Chuang-Tzu. it's the first full-length paintings of its variety which argues deep point cognitive constitution exists underneath an differently random choice of literary anecdotes, cryptic sayings, and darkish allusions. the writer conscientiously analyzes myths, legends, tremendous characters, paradoxes, parables and linguistic puzzles as strategically positioned thoughts for systematically tapping and channeling the non secular dimensions of the brain.
Allinson takes factor with commentators who've taken care of the Chuang-Tzu as a minor foray into relativism. bankruptcy titles are re-translated, textual fragments are relocated, and inauthentic, outer miscellaneous chapters are conscientiously separated from the transformatory message of the genuine, internal chapters. all of the internal chapters is proven to be a development block to the subsequent with a purpose to in basic terms be understood as forming a developmental series. finally, the reader is gifted with a transparent, constant and coherent view of the Chuang-Tzu that's extra in accord with its stature as a huge philosophical paintings.

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C. Graham, there would seem to be the implication that there is no difference between human speech and the sound of birds: Saying is not blowing breath, saying says something; the only trouble is that what it says is never fixed. Do we really say something? Or have we never said anything? If you think it different from the twitter of fledglings, is there proof of the distinction? 9 The difference between Watson's version and Graham's version is subtle but important. In Watson's version, the question is raised as to whether or not the meaning of words is fixed.

1 Because, however, of its obscurity, antique allusions, seemingly self-contradictory passages and literary railleries existing side by side with philosophical revelations, it has defied attempts to reduce it to clear-cut prose paraphrase explanations. Despite this lack of any systematic or even partially systematic explanation of the main themes or the methodology of the Chuang-Tzu it has nonetheless exercised an undeniable fascination with literati over the ages. What I have attempted to do in this companion reader to the Chuang-Tzu is to call attention to the major, underlying theme of the text, that of spiritual transformation.

The only other option is that Chuang Tzu is sociopathically perverse and has written an entire book to torment us. The same arguments of the richness and the historical importance of the text that applied against assuming that Chuang Tzu was unaware of the inconsistency of the relativistic thesis apply here against assuming that Chuang Tzu was a perversely minded sociopath. 8 However, in the translation of the same passage which is offered by A. C. Graham, there would seem to be the implication that there is no difference between human speech and the sound of birds: Saying is not blowing breath, saying says something; the only trouble is that what it says is never fixed.

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