6 Xunzi - Xunzi January 31, 2008 Master Xun Junior to...

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Xunzi January 31, 2008 Master Xun Junior to Mencius Man of 3rd century BC; end of warring states o Ideas reflect warring period Collection of essays; all written by Xunzi Strong opinion on human nature o Very different from Mencius o We are born evil o Born with original nature: made of perceptive faculties o Born with tendency to go in a bad direction (mind, habits) Desire for profit; selfish desire o Fondness for profit o Lose deference, compliance Born w/ hatred and envy o Displace or erase loyalty  Born w/ desire through ear and eyes o Enjoyment for sounds and sights o Pleasure seeking o Such passions can overwhelm, dilute, and distract us Such desires can turn into passion o Lose sense of propriety, direction Don't be compliant about anything; no self-satisfying o Such compliance produce habit and order= discipline o Also known as rituals or rites Ritual rules of situational behavior o Must be able to control ourselves with rightness Models of behavior o Responses come from within us o Accumulated wisdom of ancient sages o Store of culture and civilization How did sages start it? o
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2008 for the course EALC 110g taught by Professor Hayden during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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6 Xunzi - Xunzi January 31, 2008 Master Xun Junior to...

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