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Classifying the Zhuangzi Chapters

Subjects: Philosophy, Asian Studies, China
Paperback : 9780892641642, 240 pages, 6 x 9, January 1995
Open Access : 9780472901340, 240 pages, 6 x 9, August 2020

Open access edition funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities Open Book Program
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A comprehensive analysis of the long-disputed structure of a great Daoist text


The relationships, both historical and philosophical, among the Zhuangzi’s Inner, Outer, and Miscellaneous chapters are the subject of ancient and enduring controversy. Liu marshals linguistic, intertextual, intratextual, and historical evidence to establish an objectively demonstrable chronology and determine the philosophical affiliations among the various chapters. This major advance in Zhuangzi scholarship furnishes indispensable data for all students of the great Daoist text. In a lengthy afterword, Liu compares his conclusions with those of A. C. Graham and addresses the relationship between the Zhuangzi and the Laozi.

Liu Xiaogan is Professor of Philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.