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Virtue, Nature, and Moral Agency in the Xunzi - Philip J. Ivanhoe

Virtue, Nature, and Moral Agency in the Xunzi

By: Philip J. Ivanhoe (Editor), T. C. Kline (Editor)

Paperback Published: 15th March 2000
ISBN: 9780872205222
Number Of Pages: 296

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Xunzi is traditionally identified as the third philosopher in the Confucian tradition, after Confucius and Mencius. Unlike the work of his two predecessors, he wrote complete essays in which he defends his own interpretation of the Confucian position and attacks the positions of others. Within the early Chinese tradition, Xunzi's writings are arguably the most sophisticated and philosophically developed. This richness of philosophical content has led to a lively discussion of his philosophy among contemporary scholars.

This volume collects some of the most accessible and important contemporary essays on the thought of Xunzi, with an Introduction that provides historical background, philosophical context, and relates each of the selections to Xunzi's philosophy as a whole and to the themes of virtue, nature, and moral agency. These themes are also discussed in relation to Western philosophical concerns.

Introductionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Note on Conventions and Abbreviationsp. xxi
State and Society in the Xunzi: A Philosophical Commentaryp. 1
Ethical Uses of the Past in Early Confucianism: The Case of Xunzip. 39
Virtues in Xunzi's Thoughtp. 69
Xunzi: Morality as Psychological Constraintp. 89
Mengzi and Xunzi: Two Views of Human Agencyp. 103
Xunzi on Moral Motivationp. 135
Moral Agency and Motivation in the Xunzip. 155
Xunzi and Zhuangzip. 176
Theories of Human Nature in Mencius and Xunzip. 188
Does Xunzi Have a Consistent Theory of Human Nature?p. 220
Human Nature and Moral Understanding in the Xunzip. 237
Contributorsp. 251
Bibliographyp. 253
Subject Indexp. 259
Name Indexp. 266
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ISBN: 9780872205222
ISBN-10: 0872205223
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 15th March 2000
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34

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