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Xunzi Basic Writings

ISBN-10: 0231129653
ISBN-13: 9780231129657
Edition: 2003
Authors: Burton Watson, Xunzi
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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 5/21/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.39" wide x 7.95" long x 0.43" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Xunzi asserted that the original nature of man is evil, differing on this point from Mencius, his famous predecessor in the Confucian school. In the most complete, well-ordered philosophical system of his day, Xunzi advocated the counteraction of man's evil through self-improvement, the pursuit of learning, the avoidance of obsession, and observance of ritual in life. Readers familiar with Xunzi's work will find that Burton Watson's lucid translation breathes new life into this classic. Those new to Xunzi will find his ideas on government, language, and order and safety in society surprisingly close to concerns of our own age.

Burton Watson, award-winning translator of Chinese and Japanese literature and poetry, was born in New Rochelle, New York in 1925. When he was 17 years old, he dropped out of high school and joined the Navy. He experienced Japan through his weekly shore leaves while stationed at Yokosuka Harbor in 1945. Consequently, Watson attended Columbia University and majored in Chinese and Japanese studies. In 1951, he received a Ford Foundation Overseas Fellow and returned to Kyoto. Watson received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1956. He has taught English at Doshisha University in Kyoto, and Chinese at Stanford and Columbia. Columbia University's Translation Center awarded Watson the Gold Medal Award in 1979. Watson also won the PEN Translation Prize in 1981 for his translation of Hiroaki Sato of From the Country of Eight Islands: An Anthology of Japanese Poetry. He won this award again in 1995 for Selected Poems of Su Tung-p'o. Watson moved to Japan in 1973, where he currently resides.

Outline of Early
Chinese History
Introduction
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 Obsession
Rectifying Names Man's
Nature Is Evil
Index

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