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Painting of Xunxi, one of the most important Confucian thinkers.

A key figure in Chinese philosophy, Xunzi is best known for his critique of Mencius’ concept of the essential goodness of humankind and for moving beyond Confucian ideals. For Xunzi, a rigid hierarchical social structure constrained by tradition, moral education, and threat of punishment is the necessary antidote for the naturally evil tendencies of humanity.

Xunzi is both the name of

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By |2014-12-16T16:53:46-05:00January 23rd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Biography, Values and Worldview|Comments Off on Xunzi (Xúnzǐ 荀子)|Xúnzǐ 荀子 (Xunzi)

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