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Xunzi : basic writings

Author: Xunzi; Burton Watson
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2003.
Series: Translations from the Asian classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Xunzi (c. 312 B.C.-?) asserted that the original nature of man is evil, thus differing from Mencius, his famous predecessor in the Confucian school. However, Xunzi was optimistic that man's evil could be counteracted through study and moral training led by the example of virtuous rulers. Although he respected the military and economic accomplishments of the state of Qin, he condemned the harsh and terroristic  Read more...
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Named Person: Xunzi.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Xunzi; Burton Watson
ISBN: 0231129653 9780231129657
OCLC Number: 50803310
Language Note: Translated from the Chinese.
Description: x, 190 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: 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 obsessions --
Rectifying names --
Man's nature Is evil.
Series Title: Translations from the Asian classics.
Other Titles: Xunzi.
Responsibility: translated by Burton Watson.

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In the most complete, well-ordered philosophical society of his day, Xunzi advocated the counteraction of man's evil through self-improvement, the pursuit of learning, the avoidance of obsession and  Read more...

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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. Asian Affairs Translation of any of Read more...

 
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