By Amy Olberding (auth.), Amy Olberding (eds.)

This quantity surveys the most important philosophical suggestions, arguments, and commitments of the Confucian classic, the Analects. In thematically prepared chapters, best students supply an in depth, scholarly advent to the textual content and the sign rules ascribed to its protagonist, Confucius.

The quantity opens with chapters that mirror the most recent scholarship at the disputed origins of the textual content and an summary of the vast commentarial culture it generated. those are through chapters that separately discover key parts of the text’s philosophical panorama, articulating either the experience of strategies corresponding to ren, li, and xiao in addition to their position within the wider house of the textual content. a last part addresses well known interpretive demanding situations and scholarly disputes in interpreting the Analects, comparing, for instance, the alignment among the Analects and modern ethical concept and the contested nature of its spiritual sensibility.

Dao better half to the Analects bargains a finished and whole survey of the text's philosophical idiom and topics, in addition to its heritage and a few of the liveliest present debates surrounding it. This publication is a perfect source for either researchers and complicated scholars drawn to gaining better perception into one of many earliest and so much influential Confucian classics.

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Finally, the style, length, and topics covered in chapter 20 are all highly unique (Cui 1983: 261–326). Cui’s approach was more fine-grained than that of earlier scholars, allowing him to notice features that had previously been passed over. Even as he revised his theory to be more consistent with Luo and Ito¯’s two-section hypothesis in his later works, Cui’s approach was groundbreaking in that he made generalizations at the level of individual chapter or section. This may be seen in an example from the later work Additional Records of Examining Beliefs about Confucius.

E. tomb whose contents are now held at the Shanghai Museum. The contents of these texts suggest that, as contrasted with the practice of the last 2,000 years, these fragments were often reworked and edited. The differences between the two received and excavated texts show how fluid and variable these early sayings were. 1 quotes the Master: “Overcome oneself and return to ritual to act with benevolence” (克己 復禮為仁), the Shanghai slips read: “A Gentleman performs the rites by relying on benevolence” (君子為禮以依於仁) (Ma 2005: 253–65).

9 WANG Chong begins his account with the assertion that the original Analects did not have 21 chapters, as the ancient and Zhang Yu versions did in Wang’s own time. According to Wang, the original Analects had hundreds of chapters about the words and acts of Confucius recorded by his followers, but that version of the text was lost soon after the rise of the Han. When the “ancient” version was uncovered, it had only 30 chapters. 10 Considering that Wang mentions this text and the original total number of chapters twice, he seems highly confident about the existence of the Hejian version.

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