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Irene Bloom is a sensitive and well-trained scholar. Her translation of Mencius, one of the most influential philosophical works ever written in China, marks an important step forward for Asian and Confucian studies.(Harold D. Roth, professor of religious and East Asian studies and director, Contemplative Studies Initiative, Brown University)
Irene Bloom's book is an exemplification of the best Sinological scholarship. Its interpretive brilliance will be a source of inspiration for years to come.(Tu Weiming, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Peking University, and senior research fellow, Harvard University)
While Mencius may be generally more 'accessible' when compared with other classical Chinese texts, as P. J. Ivanhoe observes, it is still a challenge to capture in translation the flavor of its fine prose and the force of its arguments. This, I think, is precisely what Bloom sets out to do, and we are richly rewarded for her effort. Her translation is eminently reliable and has a graceful directness and simplicity. Ivanhoe's introduction helpfully highlights key ethical, political, and religious views and relates them to relevant contemporary philosophical debates. This book will be widely used and consulted by scholars.(Alan K. L. Chan, National University of Singapore)
A tremendous accomplishment that crowns Bloom's exemplary career.... Essential.(Choice)
Accurate and very fluid; in addition to their other strengths, Bloom and Ivanhoe are both gifted writers of English(Journal of Chinese Studies 1900-01-00) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A sophisticated and critically rich translation of the most eloquent book in the Confucian canon.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition. See all Editorial Reviews
If there was a way to award 0 stars, I would. From a deceptive page that claims to sell a paperback edition of the D.C. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Jim Howard
Mencius was a great Confucian scholar who lived a century after his mentor, from 372 BC to 289 BC. Mencius built his philosophy on one aspect of Confucius’ thinking: rulers should... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Engelman
Maybe it was just me but I found the book to be a little on the boring side. Perhaps another read would change my mind.Published 1 month ago by Greg
The Kindle version for this book is not the one translated by DC Lau. Please help fix this!Published 4 months ago by Ngan Dinh
Core of Chinese philosophy, reading Mencius and related works can shed light on the whys and hows of otherwise obtuse rituals and mannerisms found throughout this region's tenets.Published 12 months ago by William Murakami-Brundage
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I don't know how people can't go without learning a thing or two from philosophers from the past! Makes a big difference in your lives!!Published 19 months ago by AL