The Essential Huainanzi by An Li, King of Huainan

The Essential Huainanzi

byAn Li, King of Huainan, John Major, Sarah Queen...

Kobo ebook | March 20, 2012

Pricing and Purchase Info

$33.59 online 
$42.00 list price save 20%

Prices and offers may vary in store

Available for download

Not available in stores


Compiled in the second century B.C.E, the Huainanzi clarifies a crucial period in the development of Chinese conceptions of the cosmos, human nature, and the social order. Outlining "all that a modern monarch needs to know," the text emphasizes rigorous self-cultivation and mental discipline, attributing successful rule to a balance of broad knowledge, diligent application, and penetrating wisdom.

In 2010, the editors of this volume completed the first complete English-language translation of the Huainanzi, opening exciting new pathways in the study of philosophy, Asian studies, political science, and Asian literature. This abridgement contains essential selections from each of the Huainanzi's twenty-one chapters and adds a new introduction and chapter descriptions. The text represents a remarkable synthesis of Daoist classics, such as the Laozi and the Zhuangzi; works associated with the Confucian tradition, such as the Changes, the Odes, and the Documents; and a range of other foundational philosophical and literary works, from the Mozi to the Hanfeizi. The abridgement preserves the Huainanzi's special rhetorical features, such as its parallel prose, verse, and unique compositional techniques. For decades, Western scholars overlooked the *Huainanzi'*s sophisticated structure, creative content, and rich historical value, yet all that changed with the translation of the full text. Designed for classroom use and general readers, The Essential Huainanzi continues to increase awareness of this brilliant work and change our understanding of early Chinese history.

John S. Major taught East Asian history at Dartmouth College from 1971 to 1984. Since then--as an independent scholar, writer, editor, and lecturer--he has published many scholarly and general-interest books on Asia, including (with Constance A. Cook) Defining Chu: Image and Reality in Ancient China and (with Roger V. DesForges) The...
Title:The Essential HuainanziFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 20, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231501455

ISBN - 13:9780231501453


Read from the Book

Read the introduction to >The Essential Huainanzi.

Table of Contents

Sketch of Early Chinese History, with Special Reference to the Huainanzi
1. Originating in the Way
2. Activating the Genuine
3. Celestial Patterns
4. Terrestrial Forms
5. Seasonal Rules
6. Surveying Obscurities
7. Quintessential Spirit
8. The Basic Warp
9. The Ruler's Techniques
10. Profound Precepts
11. Integrating Customs
12. Responses of the Way
13. Boundless Discourses
14. Sayings Explained
15. An Overview of the Military
16 and 17. A Mountain of Persuasions and A Forest of Persuasions
18. Among Others
19. Cultivating Effort
20. The Exalted Lineage
21. An Overview of the Essentials
Glossary of Personal Names
Brief Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

The Essential Huainanzi is highly multifaceted, dealing with an astonishing variety of topics ranging from the mundane to the cosmic. John S. Major and his collaborators have produced an English version that is both readable and reliable.