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Hs�n Tzu Basic Writings

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ISBN-10: 0231106890

ISBN-13: 9780231106894

Edition: 2nd (Revised)

Authors: Burton Watson

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Hsn Tzu set forth the most complete well-ordered philosophical system of his day. Although basically Confucian, he differed with Mencius, his famous predecessor in the Confucian school, by asserting that the original nature of man is evil. To counteract this evil, he advocated self-improvement, the pursuit of learning, the avoidance of obsession, and constant attention to ritual in all areas of life. With a translation by the noted scholar Burton Watson, Basic Writings includes an introduction to the philosopher in relation to Chinese history and thought. Readers familiar with Hsn Tzu's work will find that Watson's lucid translation breaths new life into this classic. For those not yet…    
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List price: $27.00
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 9/18/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 177
Size: 5.24" wide x 7.99" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

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…