Dao Companion to the Philosophy of Xunzi

  • Eric L. Hutton

Part of the Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy book series (DCCP, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Martin Kern
    Pages 1-33
  3. Aaron Stalnaker
    Pages 35-65
  4. Eric L. Hutton
    Pages 67-93
  5. Eirik Lang Harris
    Pages 95-138
  6. David B. Wong
    Pages 139-164
  7. Eric L. Hutton
    Pages 201-227
  8. Mark Berkson
    Pages 229-267
  9. Eric L. Hutton, James Harold
    Pages 269-289
  10. Chris Fraser
    Pages 291-321
  11. Hui-chieh Loy
    Pages 353-375
  12. Paul Kjellberg
    Pages 377-394
  13. Justin Tiwald
    Pages 435-473
  14. Hung-Yueh Lan
    Pages 475-501
  15. Jaesang Jung
    Pages 503-534
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 535-565

About this book


This volume presents a comprehensive analysis of the Confucian thinker Xunzi and his work, which shares the same name. It features a variety of disciplinary perspectives and offers divergent interpretations. The disagreements reveal that, as with any other classic, the Xunzi provides fertile ground for readers. It is a source from which they have drawn—and will continue to draw—different lessons.

In more than 15 essays, the contributors examine Xunzi’s views on topics such as human nature, ritual, music, ethics, and politics. They also look at his relations with other thinkers in early China and consider his influence in East Asian intellectual history.

A number of important Chinese scholars in the Song dynasty (960–1279 CE) sought to censor the Xunzi. They thought that it offered a heretical and impure version of Confuciansim. As a result, they directed study away from the Xunzi. This has diminished the popularity of the work.

However, the essays presented here help to change this situation. They open the text’s riches to Western students and scholars. The book also highlights the substantial impact the Xunzi has had on thinkers throughout history, even on those who were critical of it. Overall, readers will gain new insights and a deeper understanding of this important, but often neglected, thinker.


Ancient Confucianism Virtue Ethics Moral Philosophy Political Philosophy Human Nature Moral Psychology Ritual Practice Self Cultivation Chinese History

Editors and affiliations

  • Eric L. Hutton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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