“This thorough study and complete translation of The Book of Lord Shang is a major achievement. It will open many avenues for research into early political thought, a long neglected core topic of early Chinese philosophy.”
Carine Defoort, coeditor, The Mozi as an Evolving Text: Different Voices in Early Chinese Thought
Compiled in China in the fourth–third centuries BCE, The Book of Lord Shang: Apologetics of State Power in Early China, abridged edition argues for a new powerful government to rule over society. In Yuri Pines’s translation, Shang’s intellectual boldness and surprisingly modern-looking ideas shine through, underscoring the text’s vibrant contribution to global political thought.