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Mengzi: With Selections from Traditional Commentaries Paperback – 15 Sep 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0872209138 ISBN-10: 087220913X Edition: UK ed.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing; UK ed. edition (15 September 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087220913X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872209138
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 318 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bryan W. Van Norden accomplishes two impressive feats in this important new translation of Mengzi (Mencius). First, he presents the text in a traditional fashion, with indispensable commentary interwoven into - yet always clearly distinct from - the text. This opens up the text to modern readers as never before in a translation. Second, he both lets us hear the voice of the text's greatest commentator (Zhu Xi from the twelfth century) and gives us a translation faithful to the text's original time and philosophy. The supple balance with which Van Norden pulls this off makes this translation perfect for students, general readers, and scholars alike. --(Stephen Angle, Wesleyan University)

This is the most accurate, readable, and philosophically revealing version of the Mengzi available. It has the added virtue of a running commentary that weaves together Zhu Xi's explanation of Mengzi's thought with Van Norden's exposition and insights and his selected bibliographies. The inclusion of Zhu Xi's comments allows readers to appreciate more fully not only the depth of Mengzi's original vision but also its power to inspire creative interpretation by one of the greatest minds of the neo-Confucian period. The result is a magnificent work that brings the study and understanding of Mengzi's philosophy to an unprecedented and most impressive level of rigor, sophistication, and interest. --(Philip J. Ivanhoe, City University of Hong Kong)

This is the most accurate, readable, and philosophically revealing version of the Mengzi available. It has the added virtue of a running commentary that weaves together Zhu Xi's explanation of Mengzi's thought with Van Norden's exposition and insights and his selected bibliographies. The inclusion of Zhu Xi's comments allows readers to appreciate more fully not only the depth of Mengzi's original vision but also its power to inspire creative interpretation by one of the greatest minds of the neo-Confucian period. The result is a magnificent work that brings the study and understanding of Mengzi's philosophy to an unprecedented and most impressive level of rigor, sophistication, and interest. --(Philip J. Ivanhoe, City University of Hong Kong)

This is the most accurate, readable, and philosophically revealing version of the Mengzi available. It has the added virtue of a running commentary that weaves together Zhu Xi's explanation of Mengzi's thought with Van Norden's exposition and insights and his selected bibliographies. The inclusion of Zhu Xi's comments allows readers to appreciate more fully not only the depth of Mengzi's original vision but also its power to inspire creative interpretation by one of the greatest minds of the neo-Confucian period. The result is a magnificent work that brings the study and understanding of Mengzi's philosophy to an unprecedented and most impressive level of rigor, sophistication, and interest. --(Philip J. Ivanhoe, City University of Hong Kong)

This is the most accurate, readable, and philosophically revealing version of the Mengzi available. It has the added virtue of a running commentary that weaves together Zhu Xi's explanation of Mengzi's thought with Van Norden's exposition and insights and his selected bibliographies. The inclusion of Zhu Xi's comments allows readers to appreciate more fully not only the depth of Mengzi's original vision but also its power to inspire creative interpretation by one of the greatest minds of the neo-Confucian period. The result is a magnificent work that brings the study and understanding of Mengzi's philosophy to an unprecedented and most impressive level of rigor, sophistication, and interest. --(Philip J. Ivanhoe, City University of Hong Kong)

This is the most accurate, readable, and philosophically revealing version of the Mengzi available. It has the added virtue of a running commentary that weaves together Zhu Xi's explanation of Mengzi's thought with Van Norden's exposition and insights and his selected bibliographies. The inclusion of Zhu Xi's comments allows readers to appreciate more fully not only the depth of Mengzi's original vision but also its power to inspire creative interpretation by one of the greatest minds of the neo-Confucian period. The result is a magnificent work that brings the study and understanding of Mengzi's philosophy to an unprecedented and most impressive level of rigor, sophistication, and interest. --(Philip J. Ivanhoe, City University of Hong Kong)

About the Author

Bryan W. Van Norden is Professor in the Philosophy Department and in the Department of Chinese and Japanese at Vassar College.

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