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Zhuangzi and the Skull

The story of Zhuangzi and the roadside skull is consistently popular with Western readers as a classic example of the strange and humorous insight...

Zhuangzi: Drumming On a Tub and Singing

Another well-known Zhuangzi story – "Drumming On a Tub and Singing" – describes how Zhuangzi did not view death as something to be feared. 莊子妻死,惠子弔之,莊子則方箕踞鼓盆而歌。惠子曰:與人居長子,老身死,不哭亦足矣,又鼓盆而歌,不亦甚乎。 Zhuangzi's...

The Debate on the Joy of Fish

The story of "The Debate on the Joy of Fish" is a well known anecdote that has been compared to the Socratic dialogue tradition...

Cook Ding Cuts Up an Ox

In the story of "Cook Ding Cuts Up an Ox", from the "Secrets for Nurturing Life" chapter, Zhuangzi famously uses the image of a...

Zhuangzi dreamed he was a butterfly

This type of argument is well known as "Zhuangzi dreamed he was a butterfly" (莊周夢蝶 Zhuāng Zhōu mèng dié): One night, Zhuangzi (369 BC)...


Zhuang Zhou, often known as Zhuangzi ("Master Zhuang"), was an influential Chinese philosopher who lived around the 4th century BC during the Warring States period,...

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