The Mozi: A Complete Translation

Author:   Ian Johnston
Publisher:   Columbia University Press
ISBN:  

9780231152402


Pages:   1032
Publication Date:   25 February 2010
Format:   Hardback
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The Mozi is a key philosophical work written by a major social and political thinker of the fifth century B.C.E. It is one of the few texts to survive the Warring States period (403-221 B.C.E.) and is crucial to understanding the origins of Chinese philosophy and two other foundational works, the Mengzi and the Xunzi. Ian Johnston provides an English translation of the entire Mozi, as well as the first bilingual edition in any European language to be published in the West. His careful translation reasserts the significance of the text's central doctrines, and his annotations and contextual explanations add vivid historical and interpretive dimensions. Part 1 of the Mozi is called the Epitomes and contains seven short essays on the elements of Mohist doctrine. Part 2, the Core Doctrines, establishes the ten central tenets of Mo Zi's ethical, social, and political philosophy, while articulating his opposition to Confucianism. Part 3, the Canons and Explanations, comprises observations on logic, language, disputation, ethics, science, and other matters, written particularly in defense of Mohism. Part 4, the Dialogues, presents lively conversations between Master Mo and various disciples, philosophical opponents, and potential patrons. Part 5, the Defense Chapters, details the principles and practices of defensive warfare, a subject on which Master Mo was an acknowledged authority. Now available to English-speaking readers of all backgrounds, the Mozi is a rich and varied text, and this bilingual edition provides an excellent tool for learning classical Chinese.

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Author:   Ian Johnston
Publisher:   Columbia University Press
Imprint:   Columbia University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 5.80cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   1.599kg
ISBN:  

9780231152402


ISBN 10:   023115240
Pages:   1032
Publication Date:   25 February 2010
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Language:   English

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This is a complex and fascinating account of the philosophy of life actions according to Master Mo... Highly recommended. Choice


This is a complex and fascinating account of the philosophy of life actions according to Master Mo... Highly recommended. Choice 10/1/10


This is a complex and fascinating account of the philosophy of life actions according to Master Mo... Highly recommended. -- Choice


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Ian Johnston has published articles on the later Mohists and Gongsun Long, as well as two books of translations of early Chinese poetry, Singing of Scented Grass and Waiting for the Owl. He has also published a translation of four Galenic treatises on the theory of medicine and is currently preparing a bilingual version of Galen's magnum opus on treatment, the De methodo medendi.

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