Xunzi: The Complete Text

Princeton: Princeton University Press (2014)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

This is the first complete, one-volume English translation of the ancient Chinese text Xunzi, one of the most extensive, sophisticated, and elegant works in the tradition of Confucian thought. Through essays, poetry, dialogues, and anecdotes, the Xunzi articulates a Confucian perspective on ethics, politics, warfare, language, psychology, human nature, ritual, and music, among other topics. Aimed at general readers and students of Chinese thought, Eric Hutton’s translation makes the full text of this important work more accessible in English than ever before. Named for its purported author, the Xunzi has long been neglected compared to works such as the Analects of Confucius and the Mencius. Yet interest in the Xunzi has grown in recent decades, and the text presents a much more systematic vision of the Confucian ideal than the fragmented sayings of Confucius and Mencius. In one famous, explicit contrast to them, the Xunzi argues that human nature is bad. However, it also allows that people can become good through rituals and institutions established by earlier sages. Indeed, the main purpose of the Xunzi is to urge people to become as good as possible, both for their own sakes and for the sake of peace and order in the world. In this edition, key terms are consistently translated to aid understanding and line numbers are provided for easy reference. Other features include a concise introduction, a timeline of early Chinese history, a list of important names and terms, cross-references, brief explanatory notes, a bibliography, and an index.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 76,479

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Chapters

Similar books and articles

Appendix 2: Cross-Reference List.H. G. Xunzi - 2015 - In Xunzi: The Complete Text. Princeton University Press. pp. 347-358.
Chapter 9: The Rule of a True King.H. G. Xunzi - 2015 - In Xunzi: The Complete Text. Princeton University Press. pp. 68-82.
Chapter 15: A Debate on Military Affairs.H. G. Xunzi - 2015 - In Xunzi: The Complete Text. Princeton University Press. pp. 145-162.
Chapter 11: The True King and the Hegemon.H. G. Xunzi - 2015 - In Xunzi: The Complete Text. Princeton University Press. pp. 99-116.
Appendix 1: Important Terms and Names.H. G. Xunzi - 2015 - In Xunzi: The Complete Text. Princeton University Press. pp. 344-346.
Chapter 2: Cultivating Oneself.H. G. Xunzi - 2015 - In Xunzi: The Complete Text. Princeton University Press. pp. 9-15.
Chapter 18: Correct Judgments.H. G. Xunzi - 2015 - In Xunzi: The Complete Text. Princeton University Press. pp. 183-200.
Chapter 19: Discourse on Ritual.H. G. Xunzi - 2015 - In Xunzi: The Complete Text. Princeton University Press. pp. 201-217.
Chapter 14: On Attracting Men of Worth.H. G. Xunzi - 2015 - In Xunzi: The Complete Text. Princeton University Press. pp. 141-144.
Chapter 25: Working Songs.H. G. Xunzi - 2015 - In Xunzi: The Complete Text. Princeton University Press. pp. 262-276.
Chapter 4: On Honor and Disgrace.H. G. Xunzi - 2015 - In Xunzi: The Complete Text. Princeton University Press. pp. 23-31.
Chapter 20: Discourse on Music.H. G. Xunzi - 2015 - In Xunzi: The Complete Text. Princeton University Press. pp. 218-223.
Chapter 10: Enriching the State.H. G. Xunzi - 2015 - In Xunzi: The Complete Text. Princeton University Press. pp. 83-98.
Chapter 21: Undoing Fixation.H. G. Xunzi - 2015 - In Xunzi: The Complete Text. Princeton University Press. pp. 224-235.

Analytics

Added to PP
2015-08-02

Downloads
88 (#141,584)

6 months
8 (#106,154)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

What is a Relational Virtue?Sungwoo Um - 2021 - Philosophical Studies 178 (1):95-111.
Punishment and Autonomous Shame in Confucian Thought.Justin Tiwald - 2017 - Criminal Justice Ethics 36 (1):45-60.
Art beyond Morality and Metaphysics: Late Joseon Korean Aesthetics.Hannah H. Kim - 2019 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 77 (4):489-498.
On the Ancient Idea that Music Shapes Character.James Harold - 2016 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 15 (3):341-354.

View all 19 citations / Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references