This is the 1st entire, one-volume English translation of the traditional chinese language textual content Xunzi, probably the most broad, refined, and chic works within the culture of Confucian idea. via essays, poetry, dialogues, and anecdotes, the Xunzi provides a extra systematic imaginative and prescient of the Confucian perfect than the fragmented sayings of Confucius and Mencius, articulating a Confucian point of view on ethics, politics, battle, language, psychology, human nature, ritual, and song, between different subject matters. aimed toward common readers and scholars of chinese language notion, Eric Hutton's translation makes the complete textual content of this crucial paintings extra available in English than ever before.
Named for its purported writer, the Xunzi (literally, "Master Xun") has lengthy been ignored in comparison to works akin to the Analects of Confucius and the Mencius. but curiosity within the Xunzi has grown in contemporary a long time, and the textual content offers a way more systematic imaginative and prescient of the Confucian excellent than the fragmented sayings of Confucius and Mencius. in a single well-known, specific distinction to them, the Xunzi argues that human nature is undesirable. despite the fact that, it additionally permits that folks can turn into solid via rituals and associations tested through past sages. certainly, the most objective of the Xunzi is to induce humans to turn into nearly as good as attainable, either for his or her personal sakes and for the sake of peace and order within the world.
In this version, key phrases are regularly translated to help realizing and line numbers are supplied for simple reference. different gains comprise a concise creation, a timeline of early chinese language historical past, an inventory of significant names and phrases, cross-references, short explanatory notes, a bibliography, and an index.