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The Essential Mòzǐ

Ethical, Political, and Dialectical Writings

Mo Zi
Chris Fraser

25 June 2020

ISBN: 9780198848103

336 pages

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £12.99

An abridged translation of the influential classical Chinese text Mòzi covering the ethical and political writings and the dialectical texts.



An abridged translation of the influential classical Chinese text Mòzi covering the ethical and political writings and the dialectical texts.

  • An Introduction which provides a clear, concise overview of Mohist thought and guidelines for getting started with the text
  • Informed by recent philosophical research, the translation is compact and accessible while accurately reflecting the meaning, terminology, and style of the original
  • An extensive glossary explicating key philosophical and historical terms
  • A timeline of the rise and fall of the Mohist movement and maps illustrating the world of Warring States China in which the Mohists lived

About the Author(s)

Mo Zi

Chris Fraser, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Hong Kong

Chris Fraser is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of The Philosophy of the Mozi (Columbia, 2016), Late Classical Chinese Thought (Oxford, forthcoming), and many dozen research articles on early Chinese ethics, epistemology, philosophy of language and logic, and philosophy of mind and action. His work can be accessed at cjfraser.net

Table of Contents

    Note on the Translation
    Select Bibliography
    Part I: Miscellaneous Essays
    Book 4: Models and Standards
    Book 5: Seven Worries
    Book 6: Avoiding Excess
    Book 7: Three Disputations
    Part II: The Triads
    Books 8-10: Promoting the Worthy
    Books 11-13: Identifying Upward
    Books 14-16: Inclusive Care
    Books 17-19: Condemning Aggression
    Books 20-21: Moderation in Use
    Book 25: Moderation in Burial
    Books 26-28: Heaven's Intent
    Book 31: Understanding Ghosts
    Book 32: Condemning Music
    Books 35-37: Condemning Fatalism
    Part III: Condemning the Erudites
    Book 39: Condemning the Erudites
    Part IV: The Dialectics
    Books 40-43: The Canons and Explanations
    Book 44: The Greater Selection
    Book 45: The Lesser Selection
    Part V: The Dialogues
    Book 46: Geng Zhù
    Book 47: Valuing Righteousness
    Book 48: Gong Mèng
    Book 49: The Questions of Lu
    Book 50: Gongshu
    Explanatory Notes
    Appendix: The Chronology of the Triads


"Both students and scholars of East Asian religion will have much to gain from this master translation." - Lukas Pokorny, Religious Studies Review

"It offers an exceptional and philosophically informed translation of the text. It is easily among the most important works of recent decades in Mohist studies." - Yun Wu, Dao

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