Mencius Mencius: Works (Classics)

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Mencius: Works (Classics)

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The Confucian philosopher, Mencius (c.371-288 BC) explicated his master's moral principles and reinterpreted them for the harsh conditions of the 4th century BC, when they were threatened by the aggressive and amoral doctrines of legalism. With its stress on the "thinking heart" (or individual conscience), "Mencius" is a defence of morality in private and public life.

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While "Mencius" may be generally more 'accessible' when compared with other classical Chinese texts, as P. J. Ivanhoe observes, it is still a challenge to capture in translation the flavor of its fine prose and the force of its arguments. This, I think, is precisely what Bloom sets out to do, and we are richly rewarded for her effort. Her translation is eminently reliable and has a graceful directness and simplicity. Ivanhoe's introduction helpfully highlights key ethical, political, and religious views and relates them to relevant contemporary philosophical debates. This book will be widely used and consulted by scholars.--Alan K. L. Chan, National University of Singapore

About the Author:

Irene Bloom is professor emerita of Asian and Middle Eastern cultures at Columbia University and Barnard College. She is the editor and translator of Knowledge Painfully Acquired: The K'un-chih chi of Lo Ch'in-shun and, with Joshua A. Fogel, editor of Meeting of Minds: Intellectual and Religious Interaction in East Asian Traditions of Thought. Philip J. Ivanhoe specializes in the history of East Asian philosophy and religion and its potential for contemporary ethics. He has written, edited, or coedited more than a dozen books, including Readings from the Lu-Wang School of Neo-Confucianism and Confucian Moral Self-Cultivation, and has published more than thirty articles and numerous entries on Chinese and Western religious and ethical thought.

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