Hsun Tzu: Basic Writings (Translations from the Asian Classics) Paperback – 14 Oct 1996
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Hsun Tsu taught two historically important people - Han Fei Tzu, the conveyer of a ruthless form of Legalism, and LiSi, a man who would ruthlessly assist the Qin emperor to consolidate his empire. Hsun Tzu appears to lack the wise sophistication of Confucius, and the respectful transmission and interpretative qualities found in Mencius. In one conversation (section 15 - Debating Military Affairs), Hsun directly contradicts a lord who is discussing military strategy in the presence of his king. One is left with the impression of an un-Confucian exercise in forceful argument, and in a sense, the presence of ego, rather than persuasion through wise words and gentle guidance.Read more ›