Zhuang Zi

(chinadaily.com.cn)| Updated : 2018-05-16

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Zhuang Zi (369-286 BC), or “Master Zhuang” (also known as Chuang-tzu), was a well-known Chinese thinker, philosopher and writer during Warring States Period (474-221 BC). Besides, he was a representative of Taoism, an inheritor and developer of Lao Zi’s philosophy.

Zhuang Zi was well-known for his writing style as he used ironic fables, anecdotes, parables and dialogues in the stories, which were full of imagination and romances, and left a deep influence to his descendants.

The most famous book of him and his disciples is Zhuangzi, which stresses the importance of spontaneity and freedom. It is an ancient collection of anecdotes and fables, one of the foundational books of Taoism.

In general, Zhuang Zi's philosophy is mildly skeptical, arguing that life is limited and the amount of things to know is unlimited. He advocates letting things take their own course, a free and unfettered life and rejects social systems and culture.

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