CHIN 342 / 542 Classical Chinese: Chinese Texts

Primary sources of classical (pre-modern) Chinese texts and basic treatment of Chinese reference works.

Confucian philosophical texts


Books and eBooks of different schools


儒家 Confucian
  1. Confucius 孔子
  2. Mencius 孟子
  3. Xunzi, 340 B.C.-245 B.C. 荀況:  荀子 (XunzieBooks.
  4. Yang, Xiong, 53 B.C.-18 A.D. 揚雄:  法言Fa yan)
  5. Liu, Xiang, 77 B.C.-6 B.C. 劉向,刘向: 新序 (Xin xu), 说苑 (Shuo yuan

道家 Daoist

  1. Zhuangzi 庄子, 莊子  (南华经 or 南華經 Nanhua jing )   eBooks.
  2. Guanzi 管仲, d. 645 B.C

雜家 Eclectic

墨家 Mohist

  1. Mozi 墨: 墨子(Mozi,and an example of a good edition) eBooks.

名家 School of Names

醫家 Medicine
  1. Bianque, active approximately 255 B.C.
  2. Huangdi nei jing 黃帝内經
  3. Jin gui yao lue
  4. Su wen 素問
  5. Wu, Pu, active 220-264. Shen nong ben cao jing 

兵家 School of the Military

  1. Military art and science--China--Philosophy.
  2. Sunzi, active 6th century B.C.
  3. Sunzi bing fa. English.
  4. 孫子, active 6th century B.C. 孫子兵法.


School of the Military 兵家

Chinese e-Texts (searchable full-text)

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