By Bryan W. Van Norden

Confucius is without doubt one of the such a lot influential figures--as ancient person and as symbol--in global background; and the Analects, the sayings attributed to Confucius and his disciples, is a vintage of worldwide literature. still, the way to comprehend either determine and textual content is continually below dispute. unusually, this quantity is the 1st and in basic terms anthology on those themes in English. right here, participants observe various assorted methodologies (including philosophical, phililogical, and spiritual) and deal with a few very important issues, from Confucius and Western ''virtue ethics'' to Confucius' perspective towards ladies to the historic composition of the textual content of the Analects. students will savour the rigor of those essays, whereas scholars and newcomers will locate them obtainable and fascinating.

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This explanation is not completely inadequate. All of us, at our worst, reduce Confucius to the father figure we either love or love to hate. 1 SOME KEY TERMS ROMANIZATION AND CHARACTER dao (tao) jjf de (te) 24 TRANSLATIONS way "virtue," "character," "power" (Waley, Too TeChing), "integrity" (Mair, Too Te Ching) MEANINGS ILLUSTRATIVE QUOTATIONS This word has several related senses. " It came to mean (2) "way," in the sense of "a way to do something," or "the right way to do something, or "the order that comes from doing things in the right way," (3) a "linguistic account" of a way to do something, or a verb, that means "to give a linguistic account," (4) a metaphysical entity responsible for the way things act.

Heritage of China (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990), pp. 21-28. 4. Chang, The Archaeology of China, p. 295. See also Keightley, "Early Civilization in China," pp. 28-32. 5. See David S. Nivison and K. D. Pang, "Astronomical Evidence for the Bamboo Annals' Chronicle of Early Xia," Early China IS (1990), pp. 87—95; and Nivison, "Response," Early China 15 (1990), pp. 151-72. 6. : SUNY Press, 1991). 7. For an optimistic discussion of whether Xia is to be identified with the Erlitou (Erh-li-t'ou) ZIJIH culture, see Chang, The Archaeology of China, pp.

Mao Zedong 3a|pj€ was invoking this period when he said, "Let a hundred flowers bloom! ) 26. " For secondary discussions, see Graham, Disputers of the Too; Angus C. Graham, Later Mohist Logic, Ethics, and Science (Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 1978); and Philip J. Ivanhoe, "Mohist Philosophy," in the International Encyclopedia of Philosophy (New York: Routledge Press, 1998), vol. 6, pp. 451-58. 27. Unfortunately, Yang Zhu's writings do not survive. Kwong-loi Shun summarizes recent efforts to reconstruct Yang Zhu's doctrines in his Mencius and Early Chinese Thought (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997), pp.

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