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February 02, 2007

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Thanks for such a fast and thoughtful response, Sam. I agree with your ideas and would argue that what makes Xunzi a Confucian, as opposed to his Legalist students, was this idea that human beings could be corrected, through ritual and education. Perhaps his most famous example was that of the warped piece of wood that could, through steaming and bending, be made straight. I wonder what Zhuangzi, he of the original useless tree, might make of that metaphor.

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