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I and Tao

Martin Buber's Encounter with Chuang Tzu

Jonathan R. Herman

Publication Year: 1996

Presents a new view of the Taoist classic, The Chuang Tzu, through the lens of Buber’s translation and his philosophy developed in I and Thou and later works. Jonathan Herman presents a new view of the Taoist classic through the lens of Buber’s translation and his philosophy developed in I and Thou and later works.

Published by: State University of New York Press

TItle Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-

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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

When I inform colleagues that the subject of this book is Martin Buber's 1910 translation of and commentary on the Taoist classic, Chuang Tzu, the vast majority of them-sinologists, Buber scholars, and comparative religionists alike-are astonished to...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-

This single page of acknowledgments can only begin to express my indebtedness to the many people and institutions who in various ways made it possible for me to produce this work. I am especially grateful to Tu Wei-ming, Dick Niebuhr, and Jim Engell, for their...

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Introduction: Chuang Tzu, Martin Buber, and Reden und Gleichnisse des Tschuang-tse

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pp. 1-12

Martin Buber's Reden und Gleichnisse des Tschuang-tse (Talks and Parables of Chuang Tzu) is more than just an antiquated study of a Taoist text. It is the chronicle of a creative and exciting encounter between Buber and Chuang Tzu, between one...

Part I: Text and Commentary

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pp. 12-

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The Text Translation: "Talks and Parables of Chuang Tzu"

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pp. 15-68

T his little book, an early work, the first edition of which had been published in 1910 by Insel-Verlag in Leipzig, consists of two parts. The one appearing within as the second, the "Afterword," was originally composed independently as an attempt to represent...

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The Commentary: "Afterword"

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pp. 69-100

Across the theories of races and cultures, in our time the old knowledge has been neglected, that the Orient forms a natural oneness, expressed in its values and works; that across its divisions of peoples arises a commonality that separates it from the...

Part II: The Hermeneutic Chapters

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pp. 101-

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The Historical Question: The Matter of Textual Reconstruction

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pp. 103-128

From a modern sinological perspective, the extent of Buber's contribution toward explicating the thought of the historic Chuang Chou as manifest in the text of Chuang Tzu would likely be the central issue of any investigation into Reden und Gleichnisse...

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The Hermeneutic Question: The Matter of Textual Interpretation

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pp. 129-156

...A lthough Eber maintains that Buber's text translation and commentary lack the historical perspective necessary for them to find a place within the modern Chinese philosophical discourse, she does acknowledge that the sometimes questionable scholarship...

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The Further Hermeneutic Question: The Matter of Textual Reception

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pp. 157-186

The last of the three hermeneutic chapters addresses the possibility of relating Buber's dialogical principle directly to Chuang Tzu's mystical philosophy, a topic which on the surface seems only tenuously linked to the preceding analyses of Buber's contributions toward textual reconstruction and...

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Conclusion: Cross-Cultural Interpretations and Hermeneutic Implications

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pp. 187-202

To recapitulate briefly, this project evaluates the contributions of Martin Buber's much overlooked Reden und Gleichnisse des Tschuang-tse toward the ongoing sinological enterprise of interpreting the text of Chuang Tzu. The book includes both a series...

Notes

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pp. 203-264

Bibliography

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pp. 265-274

Index

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pp. 275-278


E-ISBN-13: 9781438406541
E-ISBN-10: 1438406541
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791429235
Print-ISBN-10: 0791429237

Page Count: 278
Publication Year: 1996