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The Shenzi Fragments: A Philosophical Analysis and Translation

Eirik Lang Harris


The Shenzi Fragments is the first complete translation in any Western language of the extant work of Shen Dao (350–275 B.C.E.). Though his writings have been recounted and interpreted in many texts, particularly in the work of Xunzi and Han Fei, very few Western scholars have encountered the political philosopher’s original, influential formulations. This volume contains both a translation and an analysis of the Shenzi Fragments. It explains their distillation of the potent political theories circulating in China during the Warring States period, along with their seminal relationship to the Ta ... More

Keywords: Chinese philosophy, political philosophy, history of political thought, Shen Dao, Legalism, Translation, ancient China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231177665
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231177665.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eirik Lang Harris, author
City University of Hong Kong