The Huainanzi: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Government in Early Han China, by Liu An, King of Huainan

The Huainanzi: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Government in Early Han China, by Liu An, King of Huainan

John S. Major


Compiled through students on the court docket of Liu An, king of Huainan, within the moment century B.C.E, The Huainanzi is a tightly geared up, subtle articulation of Western Han philosophy and statecraft. Outlining "all glossy monarch must know," the textual content emphasizes rigorous self-cultivation and psychological self-discipline, brilliantly synthesizing for readers prior and current the whole spectrum of early chinese language thought.

The Huainanzi locates the major to winning rule in a stability of wide wisdom, diligent program, and the penetrating knowledge of a sage. it's a distinct and artistic synthesis of Daoist classics, resembling the Laozi and the Zhuangzi; works linked to the Confucian culture, reminiscent of the Changes, the Odes, and the Documents; and quite a lot of different foundational philosophical and literary texts from the Mozi to the Hanfeizi.

The made from twelve years of scholarship, this extraordinary translation preserves The Huainanzi's distinct rhetorical positive aspects, akin to parallel prose and verse, and showcases a compositional approach that conveys the work's robust philosophical attraction. This path-breaking quantity can have a transformative influence at the box of early chinese language highbrow historical past and may be of serious curiosity to students and scholars alike.

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