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    DescriptionThroughout much of Chinese history, Mencius (372-289 b.c.) was considered the greatest Confucian thinker after Confucius himself. Following the enshrinement of the Mencius (an edited compilation of his thought by disciples or disciples of disciples) as one of the Four Books by Sung neo-Confucianists, he was studied by all educated Chinese. This study begins a reassessment of Mencius by studying his ethical thinking (how one should live) in relation to that of other early Chinese thinkers, including Confucius, Mo Tzu, the Yangists, and Hsun Tzu. It is the first of three planned studies on Mencius: the second volume will examine the reception and development of Mencian ideas by later thinkers, and the third will be a general philosophical discussion of Confucian ethics.

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    Mencius and Early Chinese Thought
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kwong-Loi Shun
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 312
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 625 g
    ISBN 13: 9780804727884
    ISBN 10: 0804727880

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    BIC subject category V2: HPDF, 1FPC
    BISAC V2.8: REL018000
    DC21: 181.112
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: B128.M324S
    Thema V1.0: QDHC
    Stanford University Press
    Imprint name
    Stanford University Press
    Publication date
    01 July 1997
    Publication City/Country
    Palo Alto
    Review quote
    "With this ambitious undertaking, Shun is trying to become the definitive modern interpreter of Mencius, and in this volume he succeeds... The book works at many levels and satisfies at each. For the sinologist it is thorough and precise, and for the ethicist and comparative philosopher it has much to offer as well." - Choice "This book is an excellent resource for those interested in Mencian philosophy... The author has given us a textual study that is philosophically illuminating and thought-provoking." - China Review International "This impressive book studies Mencius's ethical though in its own terms and against competing contemporary thinkers... Shun's scrupulous use of evidence gives full consideration to all possible views, not only those he favors. No one has heretofore treated this material with such convincing attention or sharpened our views of Mencius's thinking to this high glint." - Religious Studies Review "Valuable as a reference source, it proviedes a way for us to get acquainted with current Mencius scholarship. Shun's meticulous analysis of such key concepts as ren and yi in the Mencius and other ancient texts not only demonstrates his erudition but renders a wonderful service to any students of early Chinese thought." - Chinese Historians
    Table of contents
    Abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. Background; 3. The ethical ideal; 4. Yia (propriety and Hsina (heart/mind); 5. Self-cultivation; 6. Hsinga (nature, characteristic tendencies); Notes; Character list; Bibliography; Index of passages in the 'Meng-tzu'; Subject index.