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The essential Huainanzi

Author: An Liu; John S Major
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2012.
Series: Translations from the Asian classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Compiled in the second century B.C.E, the Huainanzi clarifies a crucial period in the development of Chinese conceptions of the cosmos, human nature, and the social order. Outlining "all that a modern monarch needs to know," the text emphasizes rigorous self-cultivation and mental discipline, attributing successful rule to a balance of broad knowledge, diligent application, and penetrating wisdom.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: An Liu; John S Major
ISBN: 9780231159807 0231159803 9780231159814 0231159811 9780231501453 0231501455
OCLC Number: 747385699
Description: viii, 254 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Sketch of Early Chinese History, with Special Reference to the Huainanzi --
Introduction --
1. Originating in the Way --
2. Activating the Genuine --
3. Celestial Patterns --
4. Terrestrial Forms --
5. Seasonal Rules --
6. Surveying Obscurities --
7. Quintessential Spirit --
8. The Basic Warp --
9. The Ruler's Techniques --
10. Profound Precepts --
11. Integrating Customs --
12. Responses of the Way --
13. Boundless Discourses --
14. Sayings Explained --
15. An Overview of the Military --
16 and 17. A Mountain of Persuasions and A Forest of Persuasions --
18. Among Others --
19. Cultivating Effort --
20. The Exalted Lineage --
21. An Overview of the Essentials --
Glossary of Personal Names --
Brief Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Translations from the Asian classics.
Other Titles: Huainan zi.
Responsibility: Liu An, King of Huainan ; translated, edited, and selected by John S. Major [and others].

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Compiled in the second century B.C.E, the Huainanzi clarifies a crucial period in the development of Chinese conceptions of the cosmos, human nature, and the social order. Outlining "all that a modern monarch needs to know," the text emphasizes rigorous self-cultivation and mental discipline, attributing successful rule to a balance of broad knowledge, diligent application, and penetrating wisdom.

In 2010, the editors of this volume completed the first unabridged English-language translation of the Huainanzi, opening exciting new pathways in the study of philosophy, Asian studies, political science, and Asian literature. This abridgement contains essential selections from each of the Huainanzi's twenty-one chapters and adds a new introduction and chapter descriptions. The text represents a remarkable synthesis of Daoist classics, such as the Laozi and the Zhuangzi; books associated with the Confucian tradition, such as the Changes, the Odes, and the Documents; and a range of other foundational philosophical and literary works, from the Mozi to the Hanfeizi. The abridgement preserves the Huainanzi's special rhetorical features, such as its parallel prose, verse, and unique compositional techniques. The Essential Huainanzi continues to increase awareness of this brilliant work and change our understanding of early Chinese history.

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