Cambridge Chinese Classics

To study, practice and promote Chinese classics

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Mengzi or Mencius is our current text for the reading series. Normally this text is some well acknowledged Chinese classical text, selected by discussion of the participants. We always welcome suggestions on both the content and format of this reading series.

Texts for the reading sessions

Introduction to Mengzi

The Mencius (Chinese: 孟子; pinyin: Mèngzǐ), commonly called the Mengzi, is a collection of anecdotes and conversations of the Confucian thinker and philosopher Mencius. The work dates from the second half of the 4th century BC. It was ranked as a Confucian classic and its status was elevated in Song Dynasty. Zhu Xi, the scholar generally credited with the founding of Neo-Confucianism, included the Mengzi as one of the Four Books, and it became one of the canonical texts of Neo-Confucianism.