Compiled in the second century B.C.E, the "Huainanzi" clarifies a crucial period in the development of Chinese conceptions of the cosmos, human nature, and the social order. Outlining "all that a modern monarch needs to know," the text emphasizes rigorous self-cultivation and mental discipline, attributing successful rule to a balance of broad knowledge, diligent application, and penetrating wisdom.
In 2010, the editors of this volume completed the first complete English-language translation of the "Huainanzi," opening exciting new pathways in the study of philosophy, Asian studies, political science, and Asian literature. This abridgement contains essential selections from each of the "Huainanzi"'s twenty-one chapters and adds a new introduction and chapter descriptions. The text represents a remarkable synthesis of Daoist classics, such as the "Laozi" and the "Zhuangzi"; works associated with the Confucian tradition, such as the "Changes," the "Odes," and the "Documents"; and a range of other foundational philosophical and literary works, from the "Mozi" to the "Hanfeizi." The abridgement preserves the "Huainanzi"'s special rhetorical features, such as its parallel prose, verse, and unique compositional techniques. For decades, Western scholars overlooked the "Huainanzi'"s sophisticated structure, creative content, and rich historical value, yet all that changed with the translation of the full text. Designed for classroom use and general readers, "The Essential Huainanzi" continues to increase awareness of this brilliant work and change our understanding of early Chinese history.
|Book:||The Essential Huainanzi (Translations from the Asian Classics)|
|Author:||John S. Major Sarah Queen Andrew Seth Meyer Harold D. Roth|
|Publisher:||Columbia University Press|
|Number of Pages:||272|
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