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The Analects by Confucius
  

The Analects

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The Analects by Confucius

One of the most influential books in human history, in a revelatory new translation.China's first and greatest teacher, Confucius traveled from state to state as an itinerant philosopher. The Analects preserves his major teachings, as compiled by his disciples after his death - everything from how people should relate to each other (the Golden Rule, which he was the first to define), to how a country should be organized (like a family), to how to lie in bed (not like a corpse).This new translation, by one of the pre-eminent scholars of Confucius, draws on the most recent excavated texts and latest scholarship. The historian Annping Chin sets out to illuminate the historical context of Confucius's teachings, explaining who the many local figures referenced in The Analects are, and navigating a rich tradition of historical commentaries to provide a map of Confucian thought that brings us as close as possible to experiencing Confucius as his followers might have 2,500 years ago.Confucius (551-479 B.C.) was a philosopher, political figure and founder of one of the major schools of thought in Chinese history.Annping Chin is a senior lecturer in the history department at Yale and is the author of The Authentic Confucius: A Life of Thought and Politics and a coauthor, with Jonathan Spence, of The Chinese Century: A Photographic History of the Last Hundred Years. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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An incomparable new volume that combines a fresh and sympathetic translation with a wonderfully readable annotation. It is a joy to use and will unlock a whole new level of meaning for English-language readers. --Orville Schell, Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations and co-author of Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-First Century

For more than two millennia, the teachings of Confucius have served as a guide for a substantial portion of humanity. English-language readers seeking to understand this remarkable body of thought are fortunate to have Annping Chin's highly readable and judiciously annotated edition of The Analects. --Henry A. Kissinger An astonishingly lucid exposition of The Analects. A kind of serene insight pervades the commentaries. --Harold Bloom An incomparable new volume that combines a fresh and sympathetic translation with a wonderfully readable annotation. It is a joy to use and will unlock a whole new level of meaning for English-language readers. --Orville Schell, Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations and co-author of Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-First Century For more than two millennia, the teachings of Confucius have served as a guide for a substantial portion of humanity.English-language readers seeking to understand this remarkable body of thought are fortunate to have Annping Chin s highly readable and judiciously annotated edition of The Analects. Henry A. Kissinger An astonishingly lucid exposition of The Analects. A kind of serene insight pervades the commentaries. Harold Bloom An incomparable new volume that combines a fresh and sympathetic translation with a wonderfully readable annotation. It is a joy to use and will unlock a whole new level of meaning for English-language readers. Orville Schell, Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations and co-author of Wealth and Power: China s Long March to the Twenty-First Century

An astonishingly lucid exposition of The Analects. A kind of serene insight pervades the commentaries. --Harold Bloom An incomparable new volume that combines a fresh and sympathetic translation with a wonderfully readable annotation. It is a joy to use and will unlock a whole new level of meaning for English-language readers. --Orville Schell, Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations and co-author of Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-First Century


About the Author

Confucius (551-479 B.C.) was a philosopher, a political figure, an educator, and the founder of one of the major schools of thought in Chinese history. Annping Chin is a senior lecturer in the history department at Yale and is the author of The Authentic Confucius: A Life of Thought and Politics and a coauthor, with Jonathan Spence, of The Chinese Century: A Photographic History of the Last Hundred Years. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Publication date

30th September 2014

Author

Confucius

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Publisher

Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Oriental & Indian philosophy
Philosophy of mind
Ethics & moral philosophy

ISBN

9780143106852

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