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This study and translation of the Shizi is an important contribution to the field of early Chinese history. It calls attention to, and makes accessible, a text that has been neglected and overlooked in scholarship on the pre-Qin period. -- John S. Major, Senior Lecturer, China Institute, and cotranslator and coeditor of The Huainanzi

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Introduction Content Transmission Key Terms Annotated Translation 1. Exhortation to Learn (Quan xue) 2. Honoring Words [of Good Advice] (Gui yan) 3. Four Kinds of Proper Conduct (Si yi) 4. The Enlightenment Hall (Ming tang) 5. Allocation (Fen) 6. Emerging from Delusion (Fa meng) 7. Considerateness (Shu) 8. Governing the World (Zhi tianxia) 9. Good Intentions (Ren yi) 10. Broad-mindedness (Guang) 11. Generous Fellows (Chuo zi) 12. Dwelling in the Way (Chu dao) 13. Spiritous Enlightenment (Shen ming) 14. Stopping the Chu Army (Zhi Chu shi) 15. The Ruler's Governance (Jun zhi) Fragments (Yi wen) Notes Bibliography Index

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Paul Fischer is an assistant professor of Chinese history at Western Kentucky University. He received his Ph.D. from the department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.


Paul Fischer's translation of Shizi shows us that the world of thought in ancient China is a vast space, like a starry sky, and the famous thinkers such as Kongzi, Mozi, and Laozi are only the brightest of so many stars. Fischer provides a way to find many forgotten thinkers that should be reexamined, as in fact they are treasure boxes of knowledge. -- Li Ling, Peking University A very useful book for anyone working on early Chinese thought. -- Carine Defoort Monumenta Serica ... [Paul] Fischer's study, translation, and annotation of Shizi is wholeheartedly to be welcomed as a sound and carefully produced scholarly achievement. Archiv Orientalni Fischer argues robustly for the historical and literary value of the Shizi... he has produced a very readable bilingual manuscript, facilitating easy comparison of the English translation to the original text. Philosophy East and West Fischer has completed an excellent job of reconstructing the history behind the life and times of Master Shi and the transmission of extant fragments. His translation is fluid and easy to read... A welcome addition to the translations and interpretatios of ancient pre-Qin philosophical literature. China Review International

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