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Product Details

  • Series: Hackett Classics
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (March 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872209113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872209114
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Zhuangzi, with its 'goblet words,' lends itself by design to endless interpretation, of which no single instance has any real claim to the 'correct' meaning of the text. To date, Zhuangzi translations have presented their readers with only a single view of the text--that of the translator himself. With Ziporyn's book, the English world finally has the means to read the Zhuangzi the way it should be read: through the eyes of many. Ziporyn has carefully selected the most illuminating passages to be found within several of the most brilliant Zhuangzi commentaries written over the past two millennia, and he has rendered these often abstruse interpretations, along with the key Zhuangzi chapters which form their subject, accurately and lucidly into flowing English prose. This extraordinary work sets the new standard for Zhuangzi translations, and will prove an indispensable resource for anyone who wishes to take a comprehensive view of this most timeless and boundless of Chinese philosophical classics. --Scott Cook, Grinnell College



In Ziporyn, the Zhuangzi has found a worthy translator who brings both philosophical and Sinological acumen to the book. . . . Readers encounter not only the primary text in a fluid, readable translation, but also may refer to selected commentaries on particular passages with ease. . . . His translation offers a splendid portal into the thought of one of the funniest philosophers of all time. --Jeffrey L. Richey, Berea College



With judicious abridgement (sixteen full chapters, including all seven Inner chapters, plus selections from six more) and valuable added commentary, this book is a great choice for the undergraduate classroom. The translation often provides a fresh perspective to old problems, and the selection of commentary delivers a focus and accessibility that engages—and encourages us to re-engage—the considerable commentarial tradition. The translation is a delight. Ziporyn's lucid prose is often a marked improvement over his predecessors. . . . Footnotes are more plentiful than in the previous translations and are especially helpful with a text like the Zhuangzi. The selections from traditional commentaries are the most innovative feature of this translation, in keeping with Edward Slingerland's Analects and Bryan Van Norden's Mengzi translations (also from Hackett). Ziporyn provides extracts from forty-seven commentators that offer valuable contextualization as well as a variety of perspectives from which to approach the text. Overall Ziporyn's translation is smooth, clear and accurate, his notes are helpful, and his commentary selections bring new and welcome dimensions to the text as textbook and as an aid for scholarly research. --Paul Fischer, American University in Cairo, in Philosophy East & West

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Brook Ziporyn is Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Northwestern University.


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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).
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If you want to learn about Taoism or just want to read a good self-improvement book this is the book to get.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Scott P. Bradley on September 25, 2009
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By toronto on January 22, 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Viewer on December 4, 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lykeios on July 9, 2012
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This book is, in my opinion, the crowning achievement of all Taoist writers. Its subtly humorous, incredibly wise, and infinitely applicable even for modern people. If you want to learn about Taoism or just want to read a good self-improvement book this is the book to get. The Tao Te Ching is often considered the book that built the foundation of Taoism as a philosophical/religious system. If that's the case then this book is the beautiful temple built on top of the foundation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PS on December 15, 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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By Chris on January 18, 2013
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This book is a great read.. Its very welll written and mind opening. I hope to find more titles like this in the future...
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