Episode 5 The Realm of Freedom: Zhuangzi's Metaphysical Taoism

The Global Novel: a literature podcast

Jul 11 2021 • 21 mins

In the episode we will explore one of the earliest narratives that attempt at capturing the essence of wisdom, freedom and happiness. It was 375 BC when Plato was writing the Republic, the same time when Zhuangzi wrote his eponymous work in the warring states of China. This episode will explore how Zhuangzi’s philosophical narratives convey their ethical and political meanings and how intellectuals played their roles in the pre-modern societies of the east.

Recommended readings :
The Complete Works of Zhuangzi
Chapter 10 “The Third Phase of Taoism: Chuang Tzu” in Fung Yu-lan's Chinese Philosophy

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