Mohism II: Working Class Philosophers – Chinese History

How did the Mohists see life differently in the Hundred Schools of Thought era? We find out today, as we explore their particular perspective as working class philosophers. We also learn lots about the early Confucians.

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Time/place: China, 475-221 BCE

Dead Idea: Mohism

Co-hosts: Andre Sólo

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Main Sources

Confucius. (1998). The Analects. Hinton, D., Trans. Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint.

Eno, R. (1990). The Confucian Creation of Heaven: The Philosophy and the Defense of Ritual Mastery. New York: State University of New York Press.

Frazer, C. (2016). The Philosophy of the Mozi: The First Consequentialists. New York: Columbia University Press.

Frazer, C. (2010). “Mohism.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved Nov. 7, 2017, from: https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/sum2010/entries/mohism/

Feng, Y. (1952/1983). A History of Chinese Philosophy, Vol. 1. Bodde, D., Trans. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Knoblock, J. and Riegel, J. (2013). Mozi: A Study and Translation of the Ethical and Political Writings. Berkely, CA: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California Berkeley

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Machle, E. J. (1993). Nature and Heaven in the Xunzi: A Study of the Tian Lun. Albany, NY: University of New York Press.

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Mozi. (1963). Mo Tzu: Basic Writings. Watson, B., Trans. New York: Columbia University Press.

Xunzi. (2014). Xunzi: The Complete Text. Hutton, E. L., Trans. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

 

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