|Title of host publication||The Encyclopedia of Ancient History: Asia and Africa|
|Editors||D. T. POTTS, Ethan HARKNESS, Jason NEELIS, Roderick MCINTOSH|
|Publisher||John Wiley and Sons Inc.|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Oct 2021|
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.