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List of works
300) Mengzi, trans.
Lau, Mencius, New York: Penguin Books, 1970; trans.
Legge, The Works of Mencius, New York: Dover Publications, 1970.
(Lau is a good contemporary translation, with helpful appendices. Legge is a reprint of the 1895 translation, including the Chinese text and explanatory notes.)
References and further reading
Graham, A.C. (1990) ‘The Background of the Mencian Theory of Human Nature’, in A.C.
Graham, Studies in Chinese Philosophy and Philosophical Literature, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 7–66.
(Detailed philological study of some key terms in early Chinese thought.)
Ivanhoe, P.J. (1990) Ethics in the Confucian Tradition: The Thought of Mencius and Wang Yang-ming, Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press.
(A good general introduction to the thought of Mencius, emphasizing his differences from his later interpreters.)
Lau, D.C. (1970) ‘On Mencius’ Use of the Method of Analogy in Argument’, Mencius, New York: Penguin Books: 235–263.
(Explains some of the more puzzling passages in Book 6 of the Mengzi.)
Nivison, D.S. (1996) ‘Motivation and Moral Action in Mencius’ and ‘Two Roots or One?’, in B.W.
Van Norden (ed.) The Ways of Confucianism, La Salle, IL: Open Court, 91–119 and 133–148.
(Analyses of Mengzi 1A7 and 3A5, respectively.)
Shun, K.L. (1991) ‘Mencius and the Mind-lnherence of Morality: Mencius’ Rejection of Kao Tzu’s Maxim in Meng Tzu 2A:2’, Journal of Chinese Philosophy
18 (4): 371–386.
(A careful analytic study.)
Van Norden, B.W. (1996) ‘What Should Western Philosophy Learn from Chinese Philosophy?’, in P.J.
Ivanhoe (ed.) Chinese Language, Thought and Culture: Nivison and His Critics, La Salle, IL: Open Court.
(Presents an overview of the literature on early Confucianism.)
Yearley, L.H. (1990) Mencius and Aquinas: Theories of Virtue and Conceptions of Courage, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
(An excellent comparative study of Mencian and Thomistic treatments of the virtues.)
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