Mencius (Author) James Legge (Translator)


The book of wisdom by Mencius, a sage of Ancient China, is presented here in its complete and authoritative English translation.
Written during and shortly after the Warring States period of Chinese antiquity, the book of Mencius is a selection of conversational dialogues between the philosopher and his various disciples. Together they discuss all manner of topics, from living a happy and virtuous life to the principles of raising a family and educating the young.
Breaking with Confucius himself, who venerated rulers and strong governance, Mencius argues for the right of common people to overthrow a repressive or brutal regime. The book is rich with analogy, examining the actions of the ancient kings and dukes of China in order to draw comparisons and enhance the lessons offered.
In life, Mencius was a prominent figure who travelled and lectured widely, serving variously as an educator, official and scholar in the realms of ancient China. His mother was by all accounts a paragon of virtue - to this day, Chinese society considers her and her influence own Mencius's own published thoughts to be worthy of veneration.

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Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publish Date
August 03, 2016
6.0 X 0.28 X 9.0 inches | 0.41 pounds

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About the Author

Mencius (372-289 BC) was an itinerant Chinese philosopher and sage, and one of the principal interpreters of Confucianism.
Scottish scholar JAMES LEGGE (1815-1897) was the first professor of Chinese language and literature at Oxford University, serving from 1876 to 1897. Among his many books are The Life and Teaching of Confucius (1867), The Religions of China (1880), and the 50-volume Sacred Books of the East (1879-1891).