Shizi: China's First Syncretist [NOOK Book]

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By blending multiple strands of thought into one ideology, Chinese Syncretists of the pre-imperial period created an essential guide to contemporary ideas about society and government. Merging traditions such as Ruism, Mohism, Daoism, Legalism, and Yin-Yang naturalism into their work, Syncretists supported an integrated intellectual approach that contrasted with the exclusivist philosophies of Confucianism and Daoism. Presenting the first full English translation of the earliest example of a Syncretist text, ...
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Shizi: China's First Syncretist

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By blending multiple strands of thought into one ideology, Chinese Syncretists of the pre-imperial period created an essential guide to contemporary ideas about society and government. Merging traditions such as Ruism, Mohism, Daoism, Legalism, and Yin-Yang naturalism into their work, Syncretists supported an integrated intellectual approach that contrasted with the exclusivist philosophies of Confucianism and Daoism. Presenting the first full English translation of the earliest example of a Syncretist text, this volume introduces Western scholars to both the brilliance of the syncretic method and a critical work of Chinese leadership.

Written by Shi Jiao, China’s first syncretic thinker, during the Warring States Period of 481 to 221 BCE, Shizi is similar to Machiavelli’s The Prince in dispensing wisdom to would-be rulers. Its twin pillars of advice encourage self-cultivation and effective government, recommending that rulers maintain self-discipline, hire reliable people, delegate power consistently and transparently, and promote in orderly fashion. The people, in turn, would emulate their leader’s detachment and objectivity, and the state would function justly and peacefully. Paul Fischer provides an extensive introduction and chapter by chapter summary and analysis, outlining the importance of syncretism in Chinese culture, along with the text’s particular features, authorship, transmission, loss, and reconstruction over time. The Shizi set the stage for a long history of syncretic endeavor in China, and its study provides insight into the vital traditions of early Chinese philosophy. It also constructs a template for interpreting other well-known works, such as the Confucian Analects, the Daoist Laozi, the Mohist Mozi, and the Legalist Shang jun shu
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Editorial Reviews

Li Ling
Paul Fischer's translation of Shizi shows us that the world of thought in ancient China is a vast space, like a starry sky, and the famous thinkers such as Kongzi, Mozi, and Laozi are only the brightest of so many stars. Fischer provides a way to find many forgotten thinkers that should be reexamined, as in fact they are treasure boxes of knowledge.
Monumenta Serica - Carine Defoort
A very useful book for anyone working on early Chinese thought.
Archiv Orientalni
... [Paul] Fischer's study, translation, and annotation of Shizi is wholeheartedly to be welcomed as a sound and carefully produced scholarly achievement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231504171
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Paul Fischer is an assistant professor of Chinese history at Western Kentucky University. He received his Ph.D. from the department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

IntroductionContentTransmissionKey TermsAnnotated Translation1. Exhortation to Learn (Quan xue)2. Honoring Words [of Good Advice] (Gui yan)3. Four Kinds of Proper Conduct (Si yi)4. The Enlightenment Hall (Ming tang)5. Allocation (Fen)6. Emerging from Delusion (Fa meng)7. Considerateness (Shu)8. Governing the World (Zhi tianxia)9. Good Intentions (Ren yi)10. Broad-mindedness (Guang)11. Generous Fellows (Chuo zi)12. Dwelling in the Way (Chu dao)13. Spiritous Enlightenment (Shen ming)14. Stopping the Chu Army (Zhi Chu shi)15. The Ruler's Governance (Jun zhi)Fragments (Yi wen)Notes Bibliography Index

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