Offers a comprehensive analysis of the Confucian thinker Xunzi and his work
Presents a variety of disciplinary perspectives and offers divergent interpretations
Highlights the substantial impact the Xunzi has had on thinkers throughout history
Part of the book series: Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy (DCCP, volume 7)
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Table of contents (17 chapters)
About this book
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.
- Ancient Confucianism
- Virtue Ethics
- Moral Philosophy
- Political Philosophy
- Human Nature
- Moral Psychology
- Ritual Practice
- Self Cultivation
- Chinese History
Editors and Affiliations
Department of Philosophy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA
Eric L. Hutton
Book Title: Dao Companion to the Philosophy of Xunzi
Editors: Eric L. Hutton
Series Title: Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy
Publisher: Springer Dordrecht
eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)
Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2016
Hardcover ISBN: 978-94-017-7743-8Published: 18 November 2016
Softcover ISBN: 978-94-024-1398-4Published: 29 June 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-94-017-7745-2Published: 09 November 2016
Series ISSN: 2211-0275
Series E-ISSN: 2542-8780
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XXIII, 565
Topics: Religion, Regional Cultural Studies