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Hsun Tzu: Basic Writings (Translations from the Asian Classics S.) (edition 1996)

by Hsun Tzu

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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.… (more)
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Title:Hsun Tzu: Basic Writings (Translations from the Asian Classics S.)
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Once again Burton Watson provides an insight into pre-Classical Chinese philosophy, this time translating a selection of the Xunzi by Xun Zi (Hsün Tzu): a Confucian but not like Mencius or Confucius, rather a more reasoned and rigorous thinker who wrote essays as opposed to the monologues given by Mencius or the aphorisms given by Confucius.

Xun Zi stands out among Confucians for his believe that "man's nature is wayward" and inclined to evil, unlike his predecessors who believed in man's inherent goodness.

Watson provides both historical and philosophical context to the Xunzi, and his translations reads well. A useful book for students and those interested in less well-known currents of Classical Chinese philosophy. ( )
  xuebi | May 30, 2014 |
Interesting as representing the more pessimistic and severe side of Confucianism, in contrast to the gentler Mencius. H. is less popular but probably represents a lot of the grimmer side of
Confucianism in practice. ( )
  antiquary | Nov 5, 2007 |
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