The Analects

The Analects

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by Confucius
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199540616

ISBN-13: 9780199540617

Pub. Date: 08/01/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

No other book in the entire history of the world has exerted a greater influence on a larger number of people over a longer period of time than this slim volume. The spiritual cornerstone of the most populous and oldest living civilization on Earth, the Analects has inspired the Chinese and all the peoples of East Asia with its affirmation of a humanist ethics. As the…  See more details below

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No other book in the entire history of the world has exerted a greater influence on a larger number of people over a longer period of time than this slim volume. The spiritual cornerstone of the most populous and oldest living civilization on Earth, the Analects has inspired the Chinese and all the peoples of East Asia with its affirmation of a humanist ethics. As the Gospels are to Jesus, the Analects is the only place where we can encounter the real, living Confucius. In this gem-like translation by Simon Leys, Confucius speaks with clarity and brilliance. He emerges as a man of great passion and many enthusiasms, a man of bold action whose true vocation is politics. Confucius (551-479 B.C.) lived in an age of acute cultural and political crisis. Many of his observations mark a world sinking into violence and barbarity. Unable to obtain the leading political role he sought, he endeavored to reform society and salvage civilization through ethical debate, defining for ages to come the public mission of the intellectual.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199540617
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
217,903
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

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Introduction
ITo Learn, and Then1
IIIn Government, the Secret9
IIIEight Rows of Dancers19
IVOf Villages, Humanity31
VKung-yeh Ch'ang41
VIJan Yung Is One Who53
VIITransmitting Insight, But65
VIIISurely T'ai Po79
IXThe Master Rarely89
XHis Native Village101
XIStudies Begin111
XIIYen Hui125
XIIIAdept Lu137
XIVYuan Szu Asked About151
XVDuke Ling of Wei169
XVIThe House of Chi183
XVIIYang Huo193
XVIIIThe Lord of Wei205
XIXAdept Chang215
XXEmperor Yao Said227
Notes233
Historical Table246
Key Terms: An Outline of Confucian Thought247
Further Reading251

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore. I read this book The Analects for my English research project. I found this book to be very intriguing  because I am personally very interested in learning about new cultures as well as lifestyles. In The Analects it explains the different terms  and quotes very well. The book is fairly easy to read not only because there is no true story line but because it is made up of quotes and  anecdotes either told by Confucius or his disciples. If you are uncertain about a word, term, or even phrase there is a very helpful glossary  that I greatly enjoyed. The only problem that I found upon reading this book was that there was very little biographical information which  was very disappointing especially when your entire project is on Confucius. While I read this book I couldn’t stop highlighting things because lots of the anecdotes and quotes are very enlightening. I definitely recommend you read this book if you have interests in philosophy and different cultures. Some quotes and anecdotes are straight forward and other require a bit more analyizing. The qoutes can be about anything from a child and their parent to a husband and his wife. There is many ways to interpret the anecdotes and it is truly up to you and how you feel. So, I guess you will have to read and interpret them however you like.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago