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Cuishi zhenglun 崔氏政論

Feb 19, 2011 © Ulrich Theobald

Cuishi zhenglun 崔氏政論 "Treatise on politics by Master Cui" is a political treatise written by the Later Han-period 後漢 (25-220) scholar Cui Shi 崔寔 (d. c. 170 CE). The imperial bibliography Jingji zhi 經籍志 in the official dynastic history Suishu 隋書 lists a book Zhenglun 正論 "Treatise on orthodoxy" with a length of 5 juan, but the bibliographical chapter in the Jiutangshu 舊唐書 gives the correct characters 政論.

The book was soon lost, but the Qing-period 清 (1644-1911) scholar Ma Guohan 馬國翰 (1794-1857) collected surviving fragments and compiled a reconstructed book he called Cuishi zhenglun. The book stresses the importance of laws and regulations for a well-functioning administration.

The Cuishi zhenglun is included in Ma Guohan's series Yuhan shanfang jiyi shu 玉函山房輯佚書.

Source:
Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰, ed. (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 2, 1642.