Dao Companion to the Philosophy of Xunzi

Dao Companion to the Philosophy of Xunzi

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This volume presents a comprehensive analysis of the Confucian thinker Xunzi and his work, which shares the same name. It features a variety of disciplinary perspectives and offers divergent interpretations. The disagreements reveal that, as with any other classic, the Xunzi provides fertile ground for readers. It is a source from which they have drawn-and will continue to draw-different lessons.

In more than 15 essays, the contributors examine Xunzi's views on topics such as human nature, ritual, music, ethics, and politics. They also look at his relations with other thinkers in early China and consider his influence in East Asian intellectual history.

A number of important Chinese scholars in the Song dynasty (960-1279 CE) sought to censor the Xunzi. They thought that it offered a heretical and impure version of Confuciansim. As a result, they directed study away from the Xunzi. This has diminished the popularity of the work.

However, the essays presented here help to change this situation. They open the text's riches to Western students and scholars. The book also highlights the substantial impact the Xunzi has had on thinkers throughout history, even on those who were critical of it. Overall, readers will gain new insights and a deeper understanding of this important, but often neglected, thinker.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 565 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 30.48mm | 8,832g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English, Korean, Chinese
  • Multilingual edition
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2016
  • XXIII, 565 p.
  • 9402413987
  • 9789402413984

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This volume presents a comprehensive analysis of the Confucian thinker Xunzi and his work, which shares the same name. It features a variety of disciplinary perspectives and offers divergent interpretations. The disagreements reveal that, as with any other classic, the Xunzi provides fertile ground for readers. It is a source from which they have drawn--and will continue to draw--different lessons.

In more than 15 essays, the contributors examine Xunzi's views on topics such as human nature, ritual, music, ethics, and politics. They also look at his relations with other thinkers in early China and consider his influence in East Asian intellectual history.

A number of important Chinese scholars in the Song dynasty (960-1279 CE) sought to censor the Xunzi. They thought that it offered a heretical and impure version of Confuciansim. As a result, they directed study away from the Xunzi. This has diminished the popularity of the work.

However, the essays presented here help to change this situation. They open the text's riches to Western students and scholars. The book also highlights the substantial impact the Xunzi has had on thinkers throughout history, even on those who were critical of it. Overall, readers will gain new insights and a deeper understanding of this important, but often neglected, thinker.
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Table of contents

1. Style and Poetic Diction in the Xunzi.- 2. Xunzi on Self Cultivation.- 3. Ethics in the Xunzi.- 4. Xunzi's Political Philosophy.- 5. Xunzi's Meta-ethics.- 6. Xing and Xunzi's Understanding of Our Nature.- 7. Xunzi on Moral Psychology.- 8. Xunzi as a Theorist and Defender of Ritual.- 9. Xunzi on Music.- 10. Language and Logic in the Xunzi.- 11. Religion in the Xunzi: What Does Tian Have to Do with It?.- 12. Xunzi Contra Mozi.- 13. What Did Xunzi Learn from the Daoists?.- 14. Xunzi: an Early Reception History, Han through Tang.- 15. Xunzi among the Chinese Neo-Confucians.- 16. The Xunzi in Edo Japan.- 17. Xunzi and Pre-Modern Korean Thinkers.
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Review Text

"It is the first English-language anthology that examines a wide range of philosophical themes and issues in Xunzi's thought. ... This Companion is a significant contribution to Xunzi studies. It should be of interest to anyone who is interested in Xunzi's thought, regardless of the stages of their research. ... I have no doubt that this Companion will be a key reference and research book in Xunzi scholarship." (Winnie Sung, Dao, Vol. 16, 2017)
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"It is the first English-language anthology that examines a wide range of philosophical themes and issues in Xunzi's thought. ... This Companion is a significant contribution to Xunzi studies. It should be of interest to anyone who is interested in Xunzi's thought, regardless of the stages of their research. ... I have no doubt that this Companion will be a key reference and research book in Xunzi scholarship." (Winnie Sung, Dao, Vol. 16, 2017)
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