volume 41, issue 3-4, P287-306 2014
DOI: 10.1163/15406253-0410304004
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Hans Van Ess

Abstract: This article argues that the Latter Han editor(s) of the Mengzi had a clear idea of which passages in the Mengzi should be at which place in the text. The sequence of the paragraphs may sometimes have been influenced by chronological considerations. However, more important than chronology was the logic of events told in the individual paragraphs of the Mengzi. The article retraces how the editor arranged paragraphs that probably circulated independently before the process of compilation.