Mencius (Paperback)

By Mencius, D. C. Lau (Translator), Irene Bloom (Translator)

Chinese University Press, 9789622018518, 478pp.

Publication Date: July 11, 2003



Mencius, who lived in the 4th century B.C., is second only to Confucius in importance in the Confucian tradition. The "Mencius" consists of sayings of Mencius and conversations he had with his contemporaries. When read side by side with the "Analects," the "Mencius" throws a great deal of light on the teachings of ConfuciusMencius developed many of the ideas of Confucius and at the same time discussed problems not touched upon by Confucius. He drew out the implications of Confucius' moral principles and reinterpreted them for the conditions of his time. As the fullest of the four great Confucian texts, the "Mencius" has been the required reading amongst Chinese scholars for two thousand years, and it still throws considerable light on the character of the Chinese people.

About the Author

D. C. Lau, a world renowned scholar on sinological studies, is professor emeritus of Chinese language and lliterature at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is reknowned for his classic English translations of the Tao Te Ching and The Analects of Confucius.