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"The "Lieh-tzu" ranks with the "Lao Tzu" and "Chuang Tzu" as essentially the most eloquent and influential expositions of Taois philosophy. This definitive translation by means of Professor Graham does complete justice to the subtlety of concept and literary effectiveness of the text." -- Burton Watson

"The Lieh-tzu ranks with the Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu as some of the most eloquent and influential expositions of Taois philosophy. This definitive translation through Professor Graham does complete justice to the subtlety of concept and literary effectiveness of the text." -- Burton Watson

"The "Lieh-tzu" ranks with the "Lao Tzu" and "Chuang Tzu" as probably the most eloquent and influential expositions of Taois philosophy. This definitive translation by way of Professor Graham does complete justice to the subtlety of idea and literary effectiveness of the text." -- Burton Watson
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It is a gem of a piece following at the Chuang Tzu, in a a little darker tone, but punctuated with a such a lot remarkable humor. The modernity of this text... is astonishing....[A.C. Graham] is without doubt one of the such a lot exclusive Sinologists operating today.
(Irene Bloom, Columbia college)

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It Came Upon the Midnight Clear’, Christmas hymn. * T H E W O R D mystery combines, perhaps, the banal conception of paradox with that of the numinous, which requires a sense of wonder. The most striking example, to my mind, is the first, childhood, experience of self-consciousness, what Gabriel Marcel called ‘The Ontological Mystery’. This can affect a lifetime’s thought and attitude. For some it is closely bound to the mystery of God. For many also it is closely bound to the mysteries of morality and love.

The great artist sees his objects (and this is true whether they are sad, absurd, repulsive or even evil) in a light of justice and mercy. 18 Again her language appears to need interpretation to me. By ‘self ’ she means selfishness, the narcissistic ego or shadow, and by ‘nature’ 30 The Diamond and the Star human nature. By ‘outward’ I think she is intending a penetration of self-concern. What she actually describes is, in Jung’s terms, an act of extraversion: In a sense therefore extraversion is a transfer of interest from subject to object.

For Jung we can say it was the vision of the desecration of the cathedral. For the others we can only speculate. NOTES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Gabriel Marcel, The Philosophy of Existence, Harvill Press (first published 1948). G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Collins, 50. Job, 40, 4. G. Jung, Answer to Job, Routledge, 7. , xvii. , 61, 64. , 312. , 314. Iris Murdoch, The Sovereignty of Good, Routledge, 1. , 93. Typology changes over the years according to experience.

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