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The Huainanzi is a compendium of philosophical essays completed in early China sometime before 139 bce. It was a collaborative effort between numerous scholars under the patronage and editorship of Liu An, the prince of Huainan, who was a member of the royal clan of the Han Empire. It presents a philosophy of good governance, based on a carefully crafted synthesis of all earlier major traditions of thought within a model of correlative cosmology. Massive in scope, it is one of the most important philosophical works that have survived from ancient China.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Ancient History: Asia and Africa
EditorsD. T. POTTS, Ethan HARKNESS, Jason NEELIS, Roderick MCINTOSH
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781119399919
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2021


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