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By Zhuangzi, A. C. Graham

Author note: Translated through A. C. Graham
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The internal Chapters are the oldest items of the bigger number of writings by way of numerous fourth, 3rd, and moment century B.C. authors that represent the vintage of Taoism, the Chuang-Tzu (or Zhuangzi). it really is this middle of historic writings that's ascribed to Chuang-Tzu himself.

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However, since that path is what one seeks in it, the ‘Way’ is the most apposite makeshift term for it. 87 As for Being and Reality, the existential verbs in Classical Chinese are yu, ‘there is’, and wu, ‘there is not’, nominalisable as ‘what there is/something’ and ‘what there is not/nothing’; the words used for pronouncing something real or illusory are shih, ‘solid/full’, and hsü, ‘tenuous/empty’. 88 In so far as we can co-ordinate the Chinese concepts with our own, it seems that the physical world has more being and reality than the Way.

He sees these habits as fetters or mutilations imposed by Heaven. But what is it that Heaven is punishing? It seems that Heaven has a kind of justice different from man’s, and requites not what we deliberately do but what we are. ’ 65 Chuang-tzŭ’s exemplar of the noble man crippled by Heaven is none other than Confucius. His attitude to China’s greatest teacher is remarkable, and 40 easily misunderstood if one treats the whole book as a unity. The bitter mockery of Confucius in the Yangist chapters ‘Robber Chih’ and ‘The old fisherman’, and the elaborate condescension with which Old Tan instructs him in a cycle of stories in the Outer chapters, are quite foreign to Chuang-tzŭ, who never allows any of his characters to treat the Master disrespectfully to his face.

Part of the interest of Taoism is that it demonstrates the possibility of deriving a whole philosophy of life from a single imperative to deal with things as they objectively are, not as one would like them to be. Chuang-tzŭ of course is unaware of the problem of ‘is’ and ‘ought’. Nothing could be further from his intentions than to establish rational foundations for an ethical theory; it is simply that in pursuing his sceptical critique he arrives at an unexpectedly firm rock bottom. ’ He is like quiescent water which ‘shows up plainly the beard and eyebrows’; he is ‘the mirror of heaven and earth’.

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