Mencius, Paperback



Mencius was one of the great philosophers of ancient China, second only in influence to Confucius, whose teachings he defended and expanded.

The Mencius, in which he recounts his dialogues with kings, dukes and military men, as well as other philosophers, is one of the Four Books that make up the essential Confucian corpus.

It takes up Confucius's theories of jen, or goodness and yi, righteousness, explaining that the individual can achieve harmony with mankind and the universe by perfecting his innate moral nature and acting with benevolence and justice.

Mencius' strikingly modern views on the duties of subjects and their rulers or the evils of war, created a Confucian orthodoxy that has remained intact since the third century BCE.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Oriental & Indian philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780140449716



Free delivery within the UK
Standard Delivery
Within the UK

Also by Mencius   |  View all



Available with free
standard delivery



Available with free
standard delivery


Available for
immediate download