Despite the book’s title, Graziani does not limit his view to “early China,” but goes on to consider the reception of the Zhuangzi in the Han and Six Dynasties. Such Zhuangzians as Ruan Ji and Xi Kang testify to the continued relevance of an anti- normative imagination of the body in an age of fragmented rule. I have already men- tioned Graziani’s interest in psychotherapy. The Epilogue links the argument of the book to current work on embodiment and cognitive science (Mark Johnson, Hum- berto Maturana, Antonio Damasio). Numerous references to Bergson suggest an ele- ment of the background for the recent boomlet in Zhuangzi studies in French. Like Graziani’s earlier Fictions philosophiques du “Tchouang-tseu” (Philosophical fic- tions of the Zhuangzi ) (Paris: Gallimard, 2006), this book combines intelligent pre- suppositions, intensive readings of selected passages, and a vivid literary style to convince the reader that the Zhuangzi’s implications are not exhausted — and that its polemic against the thousand forms of intellectual tyranny is, as ever, much needed. Notes 1 – See, for example, A. C. Graham, “How Much of Chuang Tzu Did Chuang Tzu Write?” in Studies in Chinese Philosophy and Philosophical Literature (Albany: State University of
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