Xun zi: Discussion of Heaven – 荀子:天論 (2/2)

This is an essay on the nature of heaven written by the Warring States era Confucian scholar Xun Zi (300-230 BCE), taken from the book of the same name. In the essay, Xun zi criticizes those who see Heaven as a deterministic force that controls the outcome of events. He argues that the outcome of events is determined solely by the acts of men. Heaven (or nature) operates on consistent principles – such as the regular cycle of the four seasons – and if man makes use of his knowledge of these principles he can control his world. This is part 2 of 2 as partitioned in this weblog.

Text source: http://chinese.dsturgeon.net/index.html
Reference: 王忠林. 新譯荀子讀本. Taipei: 三民書局, 1978.

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Xun zi: Discussion of Heaven – 荀子:天論 (1/2)

This is an essay on the nature of heaven written by the Warring States era Confucian scholar Xun Zi (300-230 BCE), taken from the book of the same name. In the essay, Xun zi criticizes those who see Heaven as a deterministic force that controls the outcome of events. He argues that the outcome of events is determined solely by the acts of men. Heaven (or nature) operates on consistent principles – such as the regular cycle of the four seasons – and if man makes use of his knowledge of these principles he can control his world. This is part 1 of 2 as partitioned in this weblog.

Text source: http://chinese.dsturgeon.net/index.html
Reference: 王忠林. 新譯荀子讀本. Taipei: 三民書局, 1978.

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Published in: on March 29, 2008 at 5:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mencius’ Mother – 鄒孟軻母 (2/2)

The story of Mencius’ mother comes from the Lienü zhuan, written by Liu Xiang in the first half of the Han Dynasty. It uses anecdotes to illustrate the moral character of Mencius’ mother and emphasize the influence environment has on the upbringing of an individual. This is part 2 of 2 as partitioned in this weblog

Original Text Source: http://chinese.dsturgeon.net/index.html

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Mencius’ Mother – 鄒孟軻母 (1/2)

The story of Mencius’ mother comes from the Lienü zhuan, written by Liu Xiang in the first half of the Han Dynasty around 18 CE. It uses anecdotes to illustrate the moral character of Mencius’ mother and emphasize the influence environment has on the upbringing of an individual. This is part 1 of 2 as partitioned in this weblog

Original Text Source: http://chinese.dsturgeon.net/index.html

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