Mozi: A Study and Translation of the Ethical and Political Writings

A China Studies Centre Book Launch

23 August

The authors of the Mozi, an anthology of enormous scope and great importance, can be credited with having produced, during the Warring States period (453–221 b.c.e.), the earliest extended philosophical discourse in China on a remarkably varied set of topics that range from aggressive warfare, fatalism, music, and prolonged mourning for the dead - all of which the authors vehemently opposed - to meritocracy, uniform adherence to government directives, frugality, love for others, and a belief in divine agency - all of which they fervently embraced.

Join us for a launch of a new book of translation and study of the Mozi text by the late John Knoblock and Jeffrey Riegel. The book will be launched by Professor John Makeham from the School of Culture, History & Language, at the Australian National University.

Presentations by Professor Makeham and Professor Riegel will be followed by light refreshments and book sales.

Professor Jeffrey Riegel


Professor Jeffrey Riegel is Head of the School of Languages and Cultures in the Faculty of Arts at The University of Sydney, a position he has held since January, 2007. After a PhD in Chinese from Stanford University in 1978, he joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, where he served in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures for twenty-eight years, and eventually held the esteemed endowed chair, the Louis B. Agassiz Professor of Chinese. Professor Riegel’s main areas of research are the thought, literature and archaeology of early China and he has published books and articles in these areas. Professor Riegel frequently attends conferences in China and has research collaborations with colleagues in several Chinese universities and research institutes. He has recently served as a Visiting Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai and at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Professor John Makeham


Professor John Makeham from the School of Culture, History & Language at the Australian National University, College of Asia & the Pacific, teaches Classical Chinese language courses and courses in Chinese thought and religion. He is a specialist in Chinese intellectual history with a particular interest in Confucian philosophy. He is a past President of the Australasian Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy and is editor of the monograph series, Modern Chinese Philosophy (Brill). He has also recently completed an edited volume on Neo-Confucian philosophy and an edited volume on the formation of Chinese philosophy as an academic discipline. Currently is preparing an annotated translation of Xiong Shili's Xin Weishi lun (New Treatise on Cognition-only), a seminal text in twentieth-century Chinese Buddhist and Confucian philosophy.