Dao Companion to the Analects (Dao Companions to Chinese

This quantity surveys the main philosophical ideas, arguments, and commitments of the Confucian vintage, the Analects. In thematically equipped chapters, top students offer a close, scholarly advent to the textual content and the sign principles ascribed to its protagonist, Confucius.

The quantity opens with chapters that mirror the newest scholarship at the disputed origins of the textual content and an outline of the huge commentarial culture it generated. those are via chapters that separately discover key components of the text’s philosophical panorama, articulating either the feel of innovations equivalent to ren, li, and xiao in addition to their position within the wider house of the textual content. a last part addresses favourite interpretive demanding situations and scholarly disputes in analyzing 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 complete and entire survey of the text's philosophical idiom and topics, in addition to its historical past and a few of the liveliest present debates surrounding it. This booklet 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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Late Imperial Text Criticism and a Layered Analects In early imperial times, ideas about the formation of the Analects generally did not go beyond the account given by BAN Gu. It was not until the rise of text critical approaches in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, approaches in part reflective of a shift in the attitudes to the past by Song 宋 connoisseurs and critics, that concerns such as those in Ban’s account of the provenance of the text began to take a back seat to enquiries into the structure of the work.

16 For example, section 17 of chapter 4 uses the term self-examination (zisheng 自省), and the Mengzi records Zengzi on self-reflection (zifan 自反) (Mengzi 2A2). H. Kim and M. Csikszentmihalyi Archaeology and the Analects The surge in archaeological activity in the People’s Republic of China since the end of the Cultural Revolution in the 1970s has provided important resources for the study of early China. Finds have both provided evidence of Han editions of the Analects and also revealed much about editorial practice that governed the assembly of texts in early China.

He notes that the words used for references to the Master are generally different in these five chapters, and each has unique stylistic features not found in the rest of the work. 8) and paired sayings. 16), while chapter 18 has sections that he argues are closer to the allegorical anecdotes of Zhuangzi 莊子. Chapter 19, he writes, is less distinctive, except for the last four sections of the chapter which consistently use “Zhongni” 仲尼 to refer to Confucius. Finally, the style, length, and topics covered in chapter 20 are all highly unique (Cui 1983: 261–326).

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