Mozi: Basic Writings

Paperback | July 14, 2003

Translated byBurton Watson

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Mozi (fifth century B.C.) was an important political and social thinker and formidable rival of the Confucianists. He advocated universal love-his most important doctrine according to which all humankind should be loved and treated as one's kinfolk-honoring and making use of worthy men in government, and identifying with one's superior as a means of establishing uniform moral standards. He also believed in the will of Heaven and in ghosts. He firmly opposed offensive warfare, extravagance-including indulgence in music and allied pleasures-elaborate funerals and mourning, fatalistic beliefs, and Confucianism.

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Mozi (fifth century B.C.) was an important political and social thinker and formidable rival of the Confucianists. He advocated universal love-his most important doctrine according to which all humankind should be loved and treated as one's kinfolk-honoring and making use of worthy men in government, and identifying with one's superio...

Burton Watson is one of the world's best-known translators from the Chinese and Japanese. He received the PEN translation prize in 1981. 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 Thi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:140 pages, 8.75 × 1 × 0.68 inPublished:July 14, 2003Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231130015

ISBN - 13:9780231130011

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Outline of Early Chinese HistoryIntroductionHonoring the WorthyIdentifying with One's SuperiorUniversal LoveAgainst Offensive WarfareModeration in ExpenditureModeration in FuneralsThe Will of HeavenExplaining GhostsAgainst MusicAgainst FatalismAgainst ConfuciansIndex