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Lives of Confucius: Civilization's Greatest Sage Through the Ages

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Confucius—“Master Kung” (551–479 BCE), the Chinese thinker and social philosopher—originated teachings that have deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese thought and life over many centuries. His philosophy emphasized personal and governmental morality, justice, and appropriateness in social relationships. In time these values gained prominence in China ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Crown Archetype (first published January 1st 2010)
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May 09, 2013 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
The authors look at the life of Confucius or Kongzi or Master Kung (551-479 BCE) in seven different ways. Gu Jiegang, the greatest historianof 20th century China, demanded that we consider "one Kongzi at a time." As a result of reading this book, I see all those different Kongzis, but I am a bit more confused who he really was. I did gain some valuable insights into the history of China.

What I love about studying Kongzi is the idea of his focus on being a good citizen and good leader. I am such
Apr 14, 2016 Shaun rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, history
Sagely Perspectives

During my time at KU I took a class on Confucius (from here on, Kongzi). While it’s focus was the great sage’s teachings, it was through the lens of others, his followers in later times as well as some contemporaries. It was taught by a young man who the students called Scott, who was making his life’s academic work consist of Chinese Philosophy. The class was during a spring semester. This time a year became a perfect metaphor for how my mind opened up when studying these anc
Grady McCallie
Mar 12, 2012 Grady McCallie rated it it was ok
Shelves: china
The project of this book -- to explore the many different ways the sage Confucius has been interpreted and understood during eras of Chinese history -- could offer a fascinating reading experience. Alas. I think much of the information is there, but the telling is flat, and if the authors explained their analytical approach, I missed it. As a result, I kept finding myself distracted, trying to figure out what the authors were doing -- were they writing from within a particular time-period's unde ...more
Mar 26, 2011 Sharon rated it it was ok
I think I 'bit off a bit more than I could chew' with this book. That's because the authors are presenting Kongzi's (Confucius') life and teachings through six portraits of the man that have "proven compelling to successive generations" and their ideas are difficult to understand. Were it not for the fact that I am very interested in finding out about this great sage's life, I doubt I would have kept reading this book to completion, but alas, I persevered and I think I have gleaned something of ...more
Jun 30, 2013 Patricia rated it really liked it
Some excellent chapters; some chapters less so, but a good go-to book for information on Confucius (Kongzi) and his followers. Liberally sprinkled with quotes from Confucius, which I liked, and the references to recommended reading and other sources were very helpful. This is not a book for the general reader, however as some will surely find the approach of examining Confucius' life from different perspectives repetitive and too academic. The best chapters are the early ones on Kongzi and his l ...more
Feb 13, 2011 Aron rated it really liked it
An interesting intellectual history of one of the world's great thinkers and how he and his ideas have been viewed over the past 2500 years. At times the authors leave out key facts and at other times they repeat themselves too much. At times the book is soporific, at other times fascinating.

But, especially in the last chapter, it becomes clear why this great figure is not only of historical importance, but critical to understanding the world today.
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Sep 22, 2012 Bold Bookworm rated it liked it
... This book is decidedly not for the neophyte. At times dry and dense, it is packed with information for the student or scholar.

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~ BB
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