Mencius

Mencius

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Known throughout East Asia as Mengzi, or "Master Meng," Mencius (391-308 B.C.E.) was a Chinese philosopher of the late Zhou dynasty, an instrumental figure in the spread of the Confucian tradition, and a brilliant illuminator of its ideas. Mencius was  See more details below

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Known throughout East Asia as Mengzi, or "Master Meng," Mencius (391-308 B.C.E.) was a Chinese philosopher of the late Zhou dynasty, an instrumental figure in the spread of the Confucian tradition, and a brilliant illuminator of its ideas. Mencius was

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Choice

A tremendous accomplishment that crowns Bloom's exemplary career.... Essential.

Journal of Chinese Studies
Accurate and very fluid; in addition to their other strengths, Bloom and Ivanhoe are both gifted writers of English

Harold D. Roth
Irene Bloom is a sensitive and well-trained scholar. Her translation of Mencius, one of the most influential philosophical works ever written in China, marks an important step forward for Asian and Confucian studies.

Tu Weiming
Irene Bloom's book is an exemplification of the best Sinological scholarship. Its interpretive brilliance will be a source of inspiration for years to come.

Alan K. L. Chan
While Mencius may be generally more 'accessible' when compared with other classical Chinese texts, as P. J. Ivanhoe observes, it is still a challenge to capture in translation the flavor of its fine prose and the force of its arguments. This, I think, is precisely what Bloom sets out to do, and we are richly rewarded for her effort. Her translation is eminently reliable and has a graceful directness and simplicity. Ivanhoe's introduction helpfully highlights key ethical, political, and religious views and relates them to relevant contemporary philosophical debates. This book will be widely used and consulted by scholars.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231520584
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Translations from the Asian Classics
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
18 MB
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Meet the Author

Irene Bloom is professor emerita of Asian and Middle Eastern cultures at Columbia University and Barnard College. She is the editor and translator of Knowledge Painfully Acquired: The K'un-chih chi of Lo Ch'in-shun and, with Joshua A. Fogel, editor of Meeting of Minds: Intellectual and Religious Interaction in East Asian Traditions of Thought.

Philip J. Ivanhoe specializes in the history of East Asian philosophy and religion and its potential for contemporary ethics. He has written, edited, or coedited more than a dozen books, including Readings from the Lu-Wang School of Neo-Confucianism and Confucian Moral Self-Cultivation, and has published more than thirty articles and numerous entries on Chinese and Western religious and ethical thought.

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