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Chinese and Comparative Philosophy 中國哲學與比較哲學

Xunzi on Poverty

Book 9 of the Xunzi includes a passage that seems to argue that in order to prevent desperate poverty (qiong 窮) it is necessary that some people be poor (pin 貧) while others are rich. Sorting out the view Xunzi takes of poverty in this argument is harder than you might expect.

The argument’s central claim is that if people are equal in their power and position and the same in their desires and aversions, this will inevitably lead to conflict, disorder, and poverty. The sages are supposed to have solved this problem by establishing the rituals and the duties, a hierarchical system that ensures that some can lead while others follow.

Why, though, must there be inequality of wealth as well as of power? Continue reading “Xunzi on Poverty”

June 9, 2011 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Mohism, Xunzi | 3 comments

Thesaurus Linguae Sericae

Just added a link to this online tool in the ‘References & Tools’ link list. The description of the site reads: “An Historical and Comparative Encyclopaedia of Chinese Conceptual Schemes.” The General Editor of the site is: Christoph Harbsmeier 何莫邪; Associate Editor is: Jiang Shaoyu 蔣紹愚.

Here is the front matter you’ll encounter when you go to the site:

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June 9, 2011 Posted by | Sinology, Translation | 4 comments