• The Confucian Quest for Order : The Origin and Formation of the Political Thought of Xun Zi

    Sato, Masayuki 2003 Brill Book Archive Part 1, ISBN: 9789004472495 , Vol. 58 ( Serie ) Leiden; Boston : BRILL 9789004420328 | 9789004129658 | BRILL9789004420328 Abstract

    Xun Zi, one of the principal thinkers of the pre-imperial period and as such still widely read, ought to appear on any reading list on Chinese intellectual history. Dr. Sato's volume deals with the origin and formation of Xun Zi’s political thought, with close focus on the intellectual activity of the Jixia Academy and its impact on this synthesizer’s theory on rituals and social norms. The author convincingly deals with the problems of textual authenticity and biography. The main part of the work treats the shift of intellectual inquiry from an argument of ethical matters to an analysis of the principle(s) of socio-political mechanism, thus showing Xun Zi as a formative synthesizer of the two main streams of early Chinese intellectual discourse.



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