Confucius and the Analects: New Essays by Bryan W. Van Norden

By Bryan W. Van Norden

Confucius is likely one of the so much influential figures--as old person and as symbol--in global background; and the Analects, the sayings attributed to Confucius and his disciples, is a vintage of global literature. still, the best way to comprehend either determine and textual content is consistently lower than dispute. strangely, this quantity is the 1st and basically anthology on those themes in English. right here, members observe quite a few various methodologies (including philosophical, phililogical, and spiritual) and handle a few very important issues, from Confucius and Western ''virtue ethics'' to Confucius' perspective towards ladies to the ancient composition of the textual content of the Analects. students will savour the rigor of those essays, whereas scholars and rookies will locate them obtainable and fascinating.

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By Bryan W. Van Norden

Confucius is likely one of the so much influential figures--as old person and as symbol--in global background; and the Analects, the sayings attributed to Confucius and his disciples, is a vintage of global literature. still, the best way to comprehend either determine and textual content is consistently lower than dispute. strangely, this quantity is the 1st and basically anthology on those themes in English. right here, members observe quite a few various methodologies (including philosophical, phililogical, and spiritual) and handle a few very important issues, from Confucius and Western ''virtue ethics'' to Confucius' perspective towards ladies to the ancient composition of the textual content of the Analects. students will savour the rigor of those essays, whereas scholars and rookies will locate them obtainable and fascinating.

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Munro, The Concept of Man in Early China (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1969), p. 111. 84. Schwartz, World of Thought, p. 75. See also Waley, TheAialects of Confucius, pp. 27-29. 85. Mencian benevolence is importantly different from die Mohist universal love, though, in diat Mencius believed we should have greater concern for kin than for strangers. , Mengzi 3A5 and 7A45, and David Nivison's discussion of these passages in The Ways of Confucianism, pp. 133-48 and pp. 196-97, respectively.

We may regard it as the mother of heaven and earth. . " (Mair, Tao TeChing 69 (25)) (1) The "moral charisma" of political leaders that enables them to rule others without the use of force. ), and is partly a result, and partly a cause, of (2) personal ethical excellence in general. The word later comes to refer to (3) the characteristic quality or power of something (which is not necessarily ethically good). Eventually, the term comes to mean (4) individual excellences of character. ) (1) The rule of virtue can be compared to the Pole Star which commands the homage of the multitude of stars without leaving its place.

On Zilu, see Zuo zhuan, Duke Ding, Year 12. Analects 13:2. 56. Creel, p. 31. 57. See Watson, The Tso Chuon, pp. 198-99 for an account of Zilu's death. ) 58. , pp. 192—94 for an account of Ran Qiu's actions. ) 59. Creel, pp. 32-33. 60. Analects, 11:8; 14:21). This may be a polite way of referring to himself as a "Counsellor" (Creel, p. Analects of Confucius, p. 15, thinks this made Confucius "Leader of the Knights"). But the precise title and rank makes little difference. His position was advisory, and carried no executive audiority.

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