Confucius Now: Contemporary Encounters with the Analects

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Confucius (Master Kong or Kongzi) is China's first great teacher and the life's blood of what it means to be Chinese today. His spiritual outlook is very different from that of the Christian West or of other Eastern traditions such as Daoism or Buddhism.

Confucius crafted a view of human beings that was basically optimistic and encouraging because it held that all humans could improve themselves and their conditions through diligent effort. He maintained that self-improvement by...

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Overview

Confucius (Master Kong or Kongzi) is China's first great teacher and the life's blood of what it means to be Chinese today. His spiritual outlook is very different from that of the Christian West or of other Eastern traditions such as Daoism or Buddhism.

Confucius crafted a view of human beings that was basically optimistic and encouraging because it held that all humans could improve themselves and their conditions through diligent effort. He maintained that self-improvement by means of education should be open to everyone without discrimination. To be a superior person is something, not determined by birth or rank, that each individual should aim for.

The writers of this book have all contributed to the blossoming new awareness and understanding of Master Kong, putting Confucius back on the rader screens both of academic philosophers and of thoughtful inquirers outside academia. Confucius Now gives us the best of today's cutting-edge scholarship aimed at recovering the authentic voice of Confucius.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812696103
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 305
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction   David Jones     ix
The Text and Its Spirituality
Discovering the Analects   Herbert Fingarette     1
Walking the Way In-Between with Confucius: Tianwen and Emerging Patterns of Human Heavens   David Jones     13
Thinking Through Confucius
Paronomasia: A Confucian Way of Making Meaning   Roger T. Ames     37
Confucius on Form and Uniqueness   James Behuniak, Jr.     49
Three Corners for One: Tradition and Creativity in the Analects   Sor-hoon Tan     59
Self-Cultivation in Confucius
The "Golden Rule" in the Analects   Philip J. Ivanhoe     81
Crafts and Virtues: The Paradox of Wu-wei in the Analects   Edward Slingerland     109
Slowing Death Down: Mourning in the Analects   Amy Olberding     137
Spiritual Cultivation in Confucius
An Unintegrated Life Is Not Worth Living   Henry Rosemont, Jr.     153
Gongfu-A Vital Dimension of Confucian Teaching   Peimin Ni     167
The Ren Dao of Confucius: A Spiritual Account of Humanity   Mary I. Bockover     189
Moral Cultivation in Confucius
Zhu Xi and the Lunyu   Kwong-loi Shun     209
Analects 13.3 and the Doctrine of "Correcting Names"   Hui-chieh Loy     223
Master and Disciple in the Analects   Jeffrey L. Richey     243
Confucius: The Organization of Chinese Society   Ronald Suleski     253
Contributors     291
Index     297
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