Xunzi on the origin of goodness : a new interpretation.
Date of Issue2012
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
This essay explores a seeming mystery in the philosophy of Xunzi (荀子310-238 BCE), namely how goodness could have emerged in a world of people with only a bad human nature. I will examine existing interpretations and present a new reading of Xunzi. My purpose is to reconstruct a coherent view in Xunzi‟s philosophy as presented in the book of the Xunzi rather than defend the truth of his claims regarding human history.
Journal of chinese philosophy
© 2012 Journal of Chinese Philosophy. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Journal of Chinese Philosophy. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6253.2012.01688.x].