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Balanced Discourses

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Publisher: Foreign Languages Press
Author: Xu Gan
Publication Date: 2004-01
Language: CE
Edition: P

Brief Introduction:
Balanced Discourses is the representative writing of the late Han philosopher-literatus, Xu Gan (170-217CE). Xu Gan lived at a nodal point in the history of Chinese thought, when Han (206BCE-220CE) scholasticism had become ossified and the creative and independent thinking that characterized Wei-Jin (220-420) thought was just emerging. Discourses is a collection of essays which embraces topics ranging from Confucian cultivation to calendrical calculation. Taken as a whole, the collection constitutes a wide-ranging polemical inquiry into the causes of remedies. Xu Gan's argumentation frequently appeals to the authority of classical Confucian ethical values; indeed, the work is classified under Rujia in all bibiographical lists of the standard histories, except for that of Songshi, where it is listed among miscellaneous writers.
Discourses is divided into two fasicles of ten chapters each (or twelve chapters in the second facicle if the two incomplete reconstructed chapters included). Generally speaking the first fascicle is concerned with moral cultivation and the second with statecraft and strategies for achieving political order. The form and content of the book's literary style are classical and elegant. The book frequently takes the teachings of the former kings, Confucius, and Mencius as models and gives expression to the precepts of "inner sageliness and outer kingliness.

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