Monthly Archives: March 2011

Listening Ridiculously and the Oddity of the Zhuangzi

Check out part two of my two-part post on the strangeness of the Zhuangzi at Warp, Weft, and Way:

Zhuangzi and Utter Weirdness

I’ve recently been engaged in a number of projects (some of which I’ll discuss in more detail in future posts here on UPJ), including writing a book on self-cultivation in various Eastern philosophical texts.   I’m currently working on a chapter on the Zhuangzi for this book.  Even at a basic level (this book is aimed mainly at people with little or no philosophical background, such as intro students or the general public), it is not easy to get a grasp on just what the Zhuangzi is trying to say, or whether it even had any overarching theme or goal at all.  I actually will suggest the latter in a post that will appear sometime soon on Warp, Weft, and Way (where currently Dan Robins has a very interesting post on the issue of Cook Ding’s “skill” in Zhuangzi chapter 3).

What’s been on my mind most recently concerning the Zhuangzi is the oddity of the text Continue reading