Xunzi asserted that the original nature of man is evil,
differing on this point from Mencius, his famous predecessor in the
Confucian school. In the most complete, well-ordered philosophical
system of his day, Xunzi advocated the counteraction of man's evil
through self-improvement, the pursuit of learning, the avoidance of
obsession, and observance of ritual in life. Readers familiar with
Xunzi's work will find that Burton Watson's lucid translation
breathes new life into this classic. Those new to Xunzi will find
his ideas on government, language, and order and safety in society
surprisingly close to concerns of our own age.
Subjects: Philosophy, Religion
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