Mo tzu / Edition 1

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Overview

Mozi (fifth century B.C.) was an important political and social thinker and formidable rival of the Confucianists. He advocated universal love -- his most important doctrine according to which all humankind should be loved and treated as one's kinfolk -- honoring and making use of worthy men in government, and identifying with one's superior as a means of establishing uniform moral standards. He also believed in the will of Heaven and in ghosts. He firmly opposed offensive warfare, extravagance -- including indulgence in music and allied pleasures -- elaborate funerals and mourning, fatalistic beliefs, and Confucianism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231130011
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 7/7/2003
  • Series: Translations from the Asian Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Burton Watson is one of the world's best-known translators from the Chinese and Japanese. He received the PEN translation prize in 1981. His translations include The Lotus Sutra, The Vimalakirti Sutra, Ryokan: Zen Monk-Poet of Japan, Saigyo: Poems of a Mountain Home, and The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry: From Early Times to the Thirteenth Century, all published by Columbia. This book presents Watson's renowned translation of a Chinese philosophy classic in pinyin romanization for the first time.

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Table of Contents

Outline of Early Chinese HistoryIntroductionHonoring the WorthyIdentifying with One's SuperiorUniversal LoveAgainst Offensive WarfareModeration in ExpenditureModeration in FuneralsThe Will of HeavenExplaining GhostsAgainst MusicAgainst FatalismAgainst ConfuciansIndex

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