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Confucian Analects, The Great Learning & The Doctrine of the Mean

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Central to the study of Chinese civilization at its widest extension is the thought of the great sage K'ung, usually known in the West by the Latinized form of his name, Confucius. His works form the core of more than two thousand years of Oriental civilization, and even today, when he has been officially discarded, his thought remains important for understanding the prese ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published June 1st 1971 by Dover Publications
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Jan 09, 2008 Bernie rated it it was amazing
Rereading these works. This version has material I haven't seen. Great stuff to live by - The Way of the Mean.
May 22, 2015 Jeff rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Confucians
Recommended to Jeff by: Confusion
Book #2 in 2012's survey of holy shit (#1 was Tao Te Ching).

Simply put, virtually everything about this book was not what i wanted.

The Dover edition of James Legge's translation provides same-page Chinese, English, and footnotes, which briefly allowed me to think i could learn some Chinese. Comprehension of some recurring nouns and verbs can be acquired through simple code/pattern recognition but live instruction would be better.

After that brief excitement faded, only Confucian tedium remained.
Feb 12, 2009 James rated it really liked it
Over the past few weeks I considered, meditated upon and read the classic translation of Confucius by James Legge entitled, Confucian Analects, The Great Learning and The Doctrine of the Mean. All works distilled over centuries from the teachings of Confucius who lived from 551 to 479 B.C.

Elias Canetti summed it up neatly: "The Analects of Confucius are the oldest complete intellectual and spiritual portrait of a man. It strikes one as a modern book." It also strikes this reader as a very un-wes
Jan 20, 2011 Esmeralda rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, philosophy
This text is really for hard core Chinese or Confucius scholars. Two fast, straightforward sections "Confucian Analects" and "The Doctrine of the Mean" were excellent to read. Culturally, this influential writing gives one an idea of the mechanics behind community centered thinking. The series of rules, expectation, and moralizing are about personal matters as well as political. There is a sense of order between ruler/citizen, parents/child, etc.

"Master said, Master said"- very authoritarian st
Mar 27, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it
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Not much I would argue with in here
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Apr 09, 2010 Chimezie Ogbuji rated it really liked it
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This is actually the version i own, with the ancient seal script on the front. Very traditional values of leadership, virtue, etc.
Jul 23, 2011 Milo added it
to say hes one of the greatest eastern philosopher of all time i was expecting a lot more.
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Confucius was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher, whose teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese thought and life. Died 479 BC (aged 71–72).

孔子 - Kong Zi
孔夫子 - Kong Fuzi (Kung Fu-Tzu)
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