Rituals of the Way
The Philosophy of Xunzi
In this first
study of the Xunzi in over 70 years, Paul Rakita Goldin
explores how the founder (sharing the same name as his
philosophy) influenced Confucianism and other Chinese
philosophies through his emphasis on "the Way." Xunzi's
thought covers the areas of moral philosophy, civil
philosophy, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and
metaphysics, raising questions about ritual, language,
government, and self-cultivation. Goldin investigates the
areas in which Xunzi anticipated many problems of
contemporary philosophy and the ways in which his responses
differ from those of today.
not well known in the West, Xunzi is one of the greatest
philosophers in the Chinese tradition. Goldin's Rituals
of the Way is the best study of Xunzi in English, and
also one of the best books on early Chinese philosophy to
have come out in recent years."
—Bryan W. Van Norden
this stimulating examination . . . we find an effective
blending of philology and philosophy, an illuminating
comparison of ancient East and modern West. This is an
elegant yet rigorous study of a major early Confucian, one
which raises (and often solves) important issues not only
for Sinology but for scholars of contemporary European and
American ideas as well."
—Victor H. Mair
University of Pennsylvania
addition to the growing corpus of Western scholarship
dealing with the ancient Chinese thinker. . . Goldin makes
clear that Xunzi's defense and elaboration of the Confucian
vision are no less philosophically important and relevant
today than when they were first put forth over twenty-two
hundred years ago."
—Henry Rosemont, Jr.
St. Mary's College of Maryland