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DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G054-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Sunzi: The Art of Warfare (or Sunzi bingfa), a text traditionally ascribed to Sun Wu, a contemporary of Confucius, is the most widely read military classic in human history. Although it provides counsel on military strategy and tactics, it is fundamentally a philosophical text, reflecting a way of thinking and living that is distinctively Chinese. The received text has thirteen ‘core’ chapters, but in 1972 an additional six chapters of the original eighty-two-chapter text was recovered from a Han dynasty tomb. In the same tomb, a text called Sun Bin (or Sun Bin bingfa), ascribed to a later descendent of Sun Wu, was also recovered. This work elaborates on the substance of the Sunzi’s military philosophy.

Citing this article:
Ames, Roger T.. Sunzi, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-G054-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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