Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy by P. J. Ivanhoe, Bryan W. Van Norden

By P. J. Ivanhoe, Bryan W. Van Norden

Lengthy over due, this anthology collects in a single quantity new translations of a few of the imperative works by means of significant early chinese language philosophers-Kongzi (Confucius), Mozi, Mengzi (Mencius), Laozi, Zhuangzi, Xunzi, and Han Feizi. The booklet deals an outstanding and balanced choice of texts in readable translations that replicate the very most modern in advantageous scholarship.

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Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy

Lengthy over due, this anthology collects in a single quantity new translations of a few of the critical works by means of significant early chinese language philosophers-Kongzi (Confucius), Mozi, Mengzi (Mencius), Laozi, Zhuangzi, Xunzi, and Han Feizi. The publication bargains an outstanding and balanced choice of texts in readable translations that mirror the very most recent in high-quality scholarship.

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27. 52The 53The reference is to the attractive power of Virtue. social stigma attached to former criminals in early China was enormous and inescapable, since criminals were prominently branded or tattooed. ” The question was repeated. ” Zigong answered, “How dare I even think of comparing myself with Hui? When Hui learns one thing, it allows him to immediately grasp ten. ” The Master said, “No, you are not the equal of Hui. ” marriage to a former criminal, Kongzi is flouting conventional mores and making a powerful statement concerning the independence of true morality from conventional social judgements.

In any case, this passage serves to illustrate Kongzi’s strict adherence to ancient practices, his dissatisfaction with the practices of his contemporaries, and his concern for the proper use of names (cf. 3). For an image of a gu, see the web page for this volume. 74Nanzi was the wife of Lord Ling of Wei, and a woman of bad repute. Zilu is not pleased that Kongzi would seek an audience with such a person. As many commentators point out, however, it is likely that ritual dictated that when arriving in a state one request an audience with certain minor local officials.

Cf. 15. 7 Zigong asked about governing. ” The Master replied, “I would sacrifice the food. 9 Duke Ai said to Youzi, “The harvest was poor and I cannot satisfy my needs. ”123 “I am now taxing them two parts in ten, and even so I cannot satisfy my needs. ” Youzi answered, “If the people have all that they need, how could their ruler be lacking? 11 Duke Jing of Qi124 asked Kongzi about governing. ”125 The Duke replied, “Well put! 17 Jikangzi126 asked Kongzi about governing. ” 123This was a traditional Zhou practice.

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