The Analects of Confucius

The Analects of Confucius

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Compiled by disciples of Confucius in the centuries following his death in 479 B.C.E., The Analects of Confucius is a collection of aphorisms and historical anecdotes embodying the basic values of the Confucian tradition: learning, morality, ritual decorum, and filial piety. Reflecting the model eras of Chinese antiquity, the Analects offers valuable insights into successful governance and the ideal organization of society. Filled with humor and sarcasm, it reads like a casual conversation between teacher and student, emphasizing the role of the individual in the attainment of knowledge and the value of using historical events and people to illuminate moral and political concepts.

Confucius's teachings focus on cultural and peaceful pursuits and the characteristics of benevolent and culturally distinguished government. He also discusses ancestor worship and other rites performed for the spirits of the dead. The single most influential philosophical work in all of Chinese history, The Analects of Confucius has shaped the thought and customs of China and neighboring countries for centuries. Burton Watson's concise translation uses the pinyin romanization system and keeps explanatory notes to a minimum, yet his intimate knowledge of the Confucian tradition and precise attention to linguistic detail capture the original text's elegance, cogency, and wit.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, c2007
ISBN: 9780231141642
Branch Call Number: PL2478 .L3 2007
Characteristics: 162 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Watson, Burton 1925-

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Mar 28, 2019

Beautiful and useful for everybody.
Favorite: " Learning without thought is pointless. Thought without learning is dangerous."
And this: " When you know, know you know. When you don't know, know you don't."
"Don't do to others that which you wouldn't want done to you."
And on and on with how to live well.
No wonder that Confucius is still read today.


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