The Original Analects: Sayings of Confucius and His Successors / Edition 1

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Overview

This new translation presents the Analects in a revolutionary new format that, for the first time in any language, distinguishes the original words of the Master from the later sayings of his disciples and their followers, enabling readers to experience China's most influential philosophical work in its true historical, social, and political context.

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Editorial Reviews

International Studies in Philosophy - Lisa Raphals

Its insightful readings and interpretive strategies stand to enrich our overall understanding of the Analects and its traditions.

International Studies in Philosophy
Its insightful readings and interpretive strategies stand to enrich our overall understanding of the Analects and its traditions.

— Lisa Raphals

Journal of Asian Studies

The Original Analects is a remarkable book that ranks among the most significant and impressive works on Chinese thought ever published in English.

Pacific Affairs

With the publication of this translation, scholars now have a fully developed interpretation of a single text with which to test the Brooks' hypotheses. Undoubtedly we have not heard the last or even the definitive word on dating texts in early China. But the Brooks should be credited with pushing the field one great step further along in its development.

Chinese Review International

The most exciting study of the Lun yu yet published in a Western language. Its potential implications are monumental, ranging from a rewriting of our understanding of early Confucianism and the nature of intellectual transmission in early China.

Frederick W. Mote
Meticulously demonstrating a powerful method of textual analysis which has roots in earlier Chinese scholarship, The Original Analects inaugurates a new era. Scholars take note: the study of early China will never be the same. And its richly thoughtful commentaries assure that the general reader will stop to ponder the words of the most influential book in the long history of the Chinese civilization.
David S. Nivison
The Original Analects shows the text evolving over 230 years following the Master's death. It identifies and dates each layer of accretion, bringing the text to life and throwing a probing light on shifts and shades of thought in Warring States China, generation by generation. It represents an exciting mode of investigation that will require most post scholarship on ancient Chinese philosophy to be redone.
Pacific Affairs
With the publication of this translation, scholars now have a fully developed interpretation of a single text with which to test the Brooks' hypotheses. Undoubtedly we have not heard the last or even the definitive word on dating texts in early China. But the Brooks should be credited with pushing the field one great step further along in its development.
Journal of Asian Studies
The Original Analects is a remarkable book that ranks among the most significant and impressive works on Chinese thought ever published in English.
Chinese Review International
The most exciting study of the Lun yu yet published in a Western language. Its potential implications are monumental, ranging from a rewriting of our understanding of early Confucianism and the nature of intellectual transmission in early China.
Journal of Asian History
The Brooks project includes a translation, but their major contribution is a suggested ordering and dating of chapters, with identification of interpolated passages therein, so as to invite future re-examination of the book as a whole.
Booknews
Editors E. Brooks (Chinese language and literature, U. of Massachusetts-Amherst) and A. Taeko Brooks, a scholar of Japanese history previously combined talents to product their 1974 . Here they put the classic Chinese text into historical, cultural, and intellectual settings and organize the sayings in a chronological sequence that distinguishes Confucius' original words from the later commentary of his followers and illuminates how the teachings changed through the two centuries of its compilation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231104319
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 9/19/2001
  • Series: Translations from the Asian Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 986,514
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

E. Bruce Brooks is Research Professor of Chinese at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has published studies on various aspects of textual analysis in Chinese and English.A. Taeko Brooks is the coauthor, with E. Bruce Brooks, of Chinese Character Frequency Lists and with him was the cofounder in 1993 of the Warring States Working Group.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Original Analects (LY)Confucius Himself LY 4The Early Circle LY 5 / LY 6The Dzvngd TransformationLY 7LY 8LY 9The Kung TransitionLY 10LY 11LY 3THe Hundred SchoolsLY 12LY 13LY 2The Last DebatesLY 14LY 15A Private InterludeLY 1LY 16Return to CourtLY 17LY 18The Conquest of LuLY 19LY 20Appendices1: The Accretion Theory of the Analects2: Developmental Patterns in the Analects3: A Window on the Hundred Schools4: Confucius and His Circle5: A reading of LY 1-4 in Text OrderApparatusWorks CitedRomanization Equivalence TableInterpolations Finding ListIndexAfterword

Columbia University Press

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