Sun Bin: The Art of Warfare: A Translation of the Classic Chinese Work of Philosophy and Strategy

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SUNY Press, 27 במרץ 2003 - 253 עמודים
Sun Bin s Art of Warfare is an essential text of Chinese military philosophy and of strategy in general. This book, lost for over two thousand years and rediscovered only in 1972, has not yet reached the prominence of Sunzi s (Sun-tzu) The Art of Warfare, which is the best-known military treatise in the world. Sun Bin s work is an indispensable companion to the work of Sunzi, who is believed to be his ancestor, but deserves to be better known in its own right, both philosophically and historically. Here, noted sinologists D. C. Lau and Roger T. Ames offer an admirably lucid translation, and provide an introduction examining the life, times, and original philosophical contributions of Sun Bin.

Sun Bin, advisor to King Wei of the state of Qi, worked and wrote during the mid-fourth century B.C.E. during China s Warring States period. It was a time of unprecedented violence; without a central national authority, nation-states fought fiercely amongst one another. New technologies made fighting more deadly, so that between the mid-fourth and mid-third centuries B.C.E., the number of battlefield casualties increased tenfold. Sun Bin s work is the key to understanding the physical and intellectual revolution that made such progress in the efficiency of warfare possible.

The Art of Warfare shows Sun Bin as both practical tactician and philosopher. He discusses war and rulership not only as philosophical concepts, but also as practical matters, evidenced by his battle-tested techniques. This is a fascinating book both for its reflection on its own time and for its reflection on power, conflict, and leadership for all times.
 

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The Art of Warfare A Translation
87
The Art of Warfare The SixteenChapter Text Recovered from the Yinqueshan Han Dynasty Strips
89
Capturing Pang Juan
91
An Audience with King Wei of Qi
94
The Questions of King Wei of Qi
97
Tian Ji Inquires about Battlefield Defenses
105
On Selecting the Troops no Chapter 6 The Moon and Warfare
112
The Eightfold Division of Formations
114
Ten Military Formations
139
Ten Questions
144
Overwhelming an Armed Infantry
149
The Positions of Invader and Defender
151
The Expert Commander
154
Five Postures and Five Situations in which an Army Respects Conventions
156
Military Mistakes
158
The Rightness yi of the Commander
160

Terrain as Treasure
116
Preparing the Strategic Advantage shi
118
The Real Nature of Military
121
Carrying out the Selection of Personnel
123
Sacrifice in Battle
125
Raising and Keeping Morale High
127
Coordinating Military Assignments
129
The Five Kinds of Training Methods
134
Strengthening the Military
135
The Art of Warfare The Fifteen Supplemental Chapters Recovered from the Yinqueshan Han Dynasty Strips
137
The Excellence de of the Commander
162
Fatal Weaknesses of the Commander
163
Fatal Mistakes of the Commander
164
The Art of Warfare Text Recovered from
177
Appendix
187
Notes
197
Bibliography of Works Cited 2 37
238
About the Authors 253
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D. C. Lau is Professor Emeritus at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has translated such Chinese classics as Mencius and Confucius: The Analects.

Roger T. Ames is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii. He is the author and editor of many books, including Sun-tzu: The Art of Warfare and, from SUNY Press (with David L. Hall), Thinking from the Han: Self, Truth, and Transcendence in Chinese and Western Culture.

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