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An Introduction to Confucianism

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Taking into account the long history and wide range of Confucian Studies, this book introduces Confucianism - initiated in China by Confucius (551 BC 479 BC) - primarily as a philosophical and religious tradition. It pays attention to Confucianism in both the West and the East, focussing on the tradition's doctrines, schools, rituals, sacred places and terminology, but als ...more
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published February 13th 2000 by Cambridge University Press (first published 2000)
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Billie Pritchett
Good book on Confucianism. I hope it's not the best because it is a little abstruse and technical at times. What's good about it is that it begins from the earliest times of Confucius and then carries throughout the whole Confucian tradition, up to the 21st century. Author Xinzhong Yao is really good at showing the reader the different ways in which Confucianism changed over time. If I were to give you the elevator pitch view of Confucianism, it'd be this. Confucianism teaches that there's a dee ...more
Dave Diaspora
A great primer to the history and evolution of Confucianism and its many schools of thought, as well as its interaction with Daoism, Buddhism, Christianity, and modernity. Overall, an excellent source to begin one's study of the rich and diverse tradition that is Confucianism.

One of my only (minor) issues was the paucity of analysis of Confucian historiography, or the influence of Confucianism on Chinese historiography.
Kristin Doneen
This book may be academically challenging. If you like history, then you may really get into it though. You can "Look Inside" it through if you'd like to preview it.
It was a rather scholarly read although it did present the concepts of Confucianism to some degree of decency.
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