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Guanzi (text) – Wikipedia

Dating: – The Guanzi is named after the 7th century BCE philosopher Guan Zhong. – Authored by anonymous writers, its creation date is debated. – […]

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Dating:
– The Guanzi is named after the 7th century BCE philosopher Guan Zhong.
– Authored by anonymous writers, its creation date is debated.
– First referenced in the Han Feizi, it likely took shape around 250 BCE.
– Edited by Liu Xiang circa 26 BCE.
– Contains material from various authors associated with the Jixia Academy.

Content:
– The Guanzi covers a wide range of subjects, blending Legalistic, Confucian, and Daoistic philosophy.
– First referenced in the Huainanzi of the early Han dynasty.
– Contains descriptions of Daoist meditation techniques.
– Classed as Legalist after the Sui dynasty.
– Emphasizes power independent of morality and advocates law as an adjunct to Confucian Li.

Economic and Financial Insight:
– Several chapters discuss economic and monetary issues.
– Core text on price stabilization from an ancient Chinese perspective.
– Focuses on insulating peasants from market fluctuations and increasing commercialization.
– Describes the quantity theory of money and the law of supply and demand.
– Economic phenomena are understood relationally.

See also:
– Shen Dao.
– Zou Yan.

References:
Citations:
– Weber (2021).
– Rickett (1993).
– Hansen (2000).
– Graham (2015).
– Goetzmann (2016).

Sources:
– Rickett (1993).
– Roth (1999).

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