Hsun Tzu: Basic Writings / Edition 1

Hsun Tzu: Basic Writings / Edition 1

by Burton Watson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231106890

ISBN-13: 9780231106894

Pub. Date: 09/11/1996

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Hsün Tzu set forth the most complete well-ordered philosophical system of his day. Although basically Confucian, he differed with Mencius, his famous predecessor in the Confucian school, by asserting that the original nature of man is evil. To counteract this evil, he advocated self-improvement, the pursuit of learning, the avoidance of obsession, and constant

Overview

Hsün Tzu set forth the most complete well-ordered philosophical system of his day. Although basically Confucian, he differed with Mencius, his famous predecessor in the Confucian school, by asserting that the original nature of man is evil. To counteract this evil, he advocated self-improvement, the pursuit of learning, the avoidance of obsession, and constant attention to ritual in all areas of life. With a translation by the noted scholar Burton Watson, includes an introduction to the philosopher in relation to Chinese history and thought. Readers familiar with Hsün Tzu's work will find that Watson's lucid translation breaths new life into this classic. For those not yet acquainted with Hsün Tzu, will reach a new generation who will find his ideas on government, language, and order and safety in society surprisingly close to the concerns of our own age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231106894
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
09/11/1996
Series:
Translations from the Asian Classics Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
177
Sales rank:
969,272
Product dimensions:
5.17(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface, by Burton WatsonForeword, by Win. Theodore de BaryOutline of Early Chinese HistoryIntroductionEncouraging LearningImproving YourselfThe Regulations of a KingDebating Military AffairsA Discussion of HeavenA Discussion of RitesA Discussion of MusicDispelling ObsessionRectifying NamesMan's Nature is EvilIndex

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