Confucius: A Throneless King

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Now in paperback, An illuminating portrait of Confucius?s life and philosophical teachings.Confucius is one of the most important figures in Chinese history, a man whose philosophies have shaped world culture. Often overlooked outside his native country, Confucius himself was a fascinating figure. A contemporary of Buddha, Confucius was an outspoken and uncompromising man who revolutionized Chinese society nearly 2,500 years ago, when the country was merely a loose web of feudal provinces. No small feat for the ...
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Overview

Now in paperback, An illuminating portrait of Confucius’s life and philosophical teachings.Confucius is one of the most important figures in Chinese history, a man whose philosophies have shaped world culture. Often overlooked outside his native country, Confucius himself was a fascinating figure. A contemporary of Buddha, Confucius was an outspoken and uncompromising man who revolutionized Chinese society nearly 2,500 years ago, when the country was merely a loose web of feudal provinces. No small feat for the illegitimate son of a retired soldier and a teenage concubine, who once received a prophecy from the local fortune-teller that she would give birth to a “throneless king.”Perhaps because of these humble beginnings, Confucius had a passionate belief in respect for others and this belief underpinned his life and teachings. He advised the emperors and kings of his day, gaining their respect and undying enmity along the way. He was equally proud of both achievements, saying that if the evil people of the world liked him, he was doing something wrong.In this enlightening portrait of a great man, the reader will discover how Confucius’s theories became the foundation of social structures throughout Asia that still exist today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605983479
  • Publisher: Pegasus
  • Publication date: 8/18/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,428,217
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Meher McArthur is an art historian and the former curator of East Asian Art at the Pacific Asian Museum in California. She is the author of Reading
Buddist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols, The Arts of Asia: Materials, Techniques, Styles, and Confucius: A Throneless King. She lives in
Pasadena, CA.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Preface xi

Introduction: Chinas Great Sage 1

1 The Bitter Gourd That Is Not Eaten 27

2 China at the Time of Confucius 33

3 Early Life and Family 47

4 Early Career and Teachings 65

5 Return to Lu 85

6 Confucius' Followers 107

7 The Wandering Years 123

8 The Final Years 145

Conclusion: The Legacy of Confucius and His Teachings 161

Notes 195

Select Bibliography 221

Index 225

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