The Book of Mencius and Its Reception in China and Beyond

The Book of Mencius and Its Reception in China and Beyond

Paperback Veroffentlichungen Des Ostasien-Instituts Der Ruhr-Universit

Edited by Chun-Chieh Huang, Edited by Gregor Paul, Edited by Heiner Roetz


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  • Publisher: Harrassowitz
  • Format: Paperback | 239 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 239mm x 15mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Wiesbaden
  • ISBN 10: 344705669X
  • ISBN 13: 9783447056694

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The Mencius, attributed to the philosopher Mengzi (Lat. Mencius, ca. 370-290 BC), the "second Sage" of the Confucian school after its founder, is one of the most prominent of all Chinese classics, with a great impact on the historical development of Confucianism. Today, it serves as one of the determinants for positioning Confucianism in the modern world, and it is the most discussed Chinese philosophical text in the context of the search for universally valid ethical norms and democracy. The essays collected in this volume by scholars from Taiwan, Japan and Germany focus on various aspect of the reception of the work in East Asia from the Song-Dynasty to the present day. They call into mind the signifance of a thinker who according to Albert Schweitzer is "the most modern one of all thinkers of antiquity."

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