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1 In China, philosophical anarchism (i.e. the discussion on the legitimacy of the state) was delineated by Taoist philosophers Zhuang Zhou and Laozi.
2 It traces Wilde's cultural exposure to Taoism and to the philosophy of Chuang Tsǔ (Zhuang Zhou).
3 Earlier, before writing the preface, Wilde had written a book review of Herbert Giles's translation of the work of Zhuang Zhou.
4 Zhuang Zhou (/dʒuˈɑːŋ ˈdʒoʊ/), commonly known as Zhuangzi (/ˈʒwæŋˈziː/; Chinese: 莊子; literally "Master Zhuang";
5 Sima Qian writes: The validity of his existence has been questioned by Russell Kirkland, who writes: According to modern understandings of Chinese tradition, the text known as the Chuang-tzu was the production of a 'Taoist' thinker of ancient China named Chuang Chou/Zhuang Zhou.
6 Zhuang Zhou (莊子,"Master Zhuang") was a famous ancient Chinese Taoism philosopher during the Hundred Schools of Thought period.
7 Zhuang Zhou demonstrated his skeptical thinking through several anecdotes in the preeminent work Zhuangzi attributed to him: Through these anecdotes in Zhuangzi, Zhuang Zhou indicated his belief in the limitation of language and human communication and the inaccessibility of universal truth.
8 The book also incorporates translated excerpts from various prominent Taoist texts, from authors such as Laozi and Zhuang Zhou.