Xunzi: Basic Writings / Edition 1 by Burton Watson, Xunzi | | 9780231521314 | NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
Xunzi: Basic Writings

Xunzi: Basic Writings

by Burton Watson
     
 

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Xunzi asserted that the original nature of man is evil, differing on this point from Mencius, his famous predecessor in the Confucian school. In the most complete, well-ordered philosophical system of his day, Xunzi advocated the counteraction of man's evil through self-improvement, the pursuit of learning, the avoidance of obsession, and observance of ritual in

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Xunzi asserted that the original nature of man is evil, differing on this point from Mencius, his famous predecessor in the Confucian school. In the most complete, well-ordered philosophical system of his day, Xunzi advocated the counteraction of man's evil through self-improvement, the pursuit of learning, the avoidance of obsession, and observance of ritual in life. Readers familiar with Xunzi's work will find that Burton Watson's lucid translation breathes new life into this classic. Those new to Xunzi will find his ideas on government, language, and order and safety in society surprisingly close to concerns of our own age.

Editorial Reviews

Asian Affairs
Burton Watson...possesses all the qualities which distinguish a master translator. As a craftsman and as a poet, he has inspired and challenged two generations.

Journal of Asian Studies
Translation of any of the classics...from the hand of Burton Watson is an event to be welcomed with gratitude.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231521314
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
02/24/2012
Series:
Translations from the Asian Classics
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
16 MB
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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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