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Xunzi : basic writings

Author: Xunzi; Burton Watson
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2003.
Series: Translations from the Asian classics.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Watson, Burton.
Xunzi : Basic Writings.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Xunzi; Burton Watson
ISBN: 9780231521314 0231521316
OCLC Number: 818857150
Description: 1 online resource (232 pages).
Contents: Cover; Half title; Editorial Board; Title; Copyright; Contents; Outline of Early Chinese History; Preface; Introduction; Encouraging Learning; Improving Yourself; The Regulations of a King; Debating Military Affairs; A Discussion of Heaven; A Discussion of Rites; A Discussion of Music; Dispelling Obsession; Rectifying Names; Man's Nature Is Evil; Index; Series List.
Series Title: Translations from the Asian classics.
Other Titles: Xunzi.
Responsibility: translated 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 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 surpris.

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