Hsün Tzu: Basic Writings by Burton Watson

Hsün Tzu: Basic Writings

Translated byBurton Watson

Paperback | September 18, 1996

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info

$27.13 online 
Earn 136 plum® points

Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Hsün Tzu set forth the most complete well-ordered philosophical system of his day. Although basically Confucian, he differed with Mencius, his famous predecessor in the Confucian school, by asserting that the original nature of man is evil. To counteract this evil, he advocated self-improvement, the pursuit of learning, the avoidance of obsession, and constant attention to ritual in all areas of life. With a translation by the noted scholar Burton Watson, includes an introduction to the philosopher in relation to Chinese history and thought. Readers familiar with Hsün Tzu's work will find that Watson's lucid translation breaths new life into this classic. For those not yet acquainted with Hsün Tzu, will reach a new generation who will find his ideas on government, language, and order and safety in society surprisingly close to the concerns of our own age.

About The Author

Burton Watson is one of the world's best-known translators from the Chinese and Japanese. His translations include The Lotus Sutra, The Vimalakirti Sutra, Ryokan: Zen Monk-Poet of Japan, Saigyo: Poems of a Mountain Home, and The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry: From Early Times to the Thirteenth Century, all published by Columbia.
Selected Poems of Du Fu
Selected Poems of Du Fu

by Burton Watson


Available for download

Not available in stores

The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese Tales
The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese Tales

by Haruo Shirane


Available for download

Not available in stores

Shop this author

Details & Specs

Title:Hsün Tzu: Basic WritingsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:177 pages, 4.9 × 7.8 × 0.03 inPublished:September 18, 1996Publisher:Columbia University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231106890

ISBN - 13:9780231106894

Customer Reviews of Hsün Tzu: Basic Writings


Extra Content

Table of Contents

Preface, by Burton WatsonForeword, by Win. Theodore de BaryOutline of Early Chinese HistoryIntroductionEncouraging LearningImproving YourselfThe Regulations of a KingDebating Military AffairsA Discussion of HeavenA Discussion of RitesA Discussion of MusicDispelling ObsessionRectifying NamesMan's Nature is EvilIndex