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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 13: Xunzi: Human Nature Is Bad The Life and Times of Xunzi (ca. 298-238): Xun Kuang, better known as Xunzi or Master Xun, was the last great Confucian thinker before the imperial period in Chinese history. He lived during the last decades of the Warring States Period (ca. 475-221 BCE) when China was dominated by three powerful states: Qin in the west, Qi in the east, and Chu in the south. He was the first great Confucian thinker to serve in the government, as the magistrate of Langling, in present-day Shandong Province. Xunzi s Place in Chinese Philosophy, Especially in the Confucian School: I The first Confucian thinker to write philosophical essays for people to read; his essays are characterized for its tight organization and clarity and precision of argument. He was completely faithful to the main ideas in Confucianism: he believes in government and absolute ethical values, values civilization, and regards humanity as more important than the rest of nature. See Mote, p. 55.Mote, p....
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2010 for the course ASIAN 361 taught by Professor Shuen-fulin during the Fall '09 term at University of Michigan.

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