The Mozi as an Evolving Text: Different Voices in Early Chinese Thought
Carine Defoort, Nicolas Standaert
BRILL, 2013 - Philosophy - 294 pages
Mozi (ca. 479-381), known as the first outspoken critic of Confucius, is an important but neglected figure in early Chinese philosophy. The book 'Mozi', named after master Mo, was compiled in the course of the fifth - third centuries BCE. The seven studies included in the 'The Mozi as an Evolving Text' take a fresh look at the Core Chapters, Dialogues, and Opening Chapters of the book Mozi. Rather than presenting a unified vision of Mohist thought, the contributions search for different voices in the text and for evolutions or tensions between its chapters. By analysing the 'Mozi' as an evolving text, these studies not only contribute to the rejuvenation of Mozi studies, but also to the methodology of studying ancient Chinese texts.
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