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Confucian Analects

Confucian Analects by Confucius
By: (551 BCE-479 BCE)

Confucian Analects by Confucius is a fascinating collection of teachings and beliefs that have had a significant impact on Chinese culture and society for centuries. The Analects are a compilation of sayings and dialogues attributed to Confucius and his disciples, offering insights into ethics, morality, governance, and personal conduct.

One of the standout features of the Analects is its emphasis on the importance of self-cultivation and moral development. Confucius stresses the importance of following the "way of the sage" and cultivating virtuous qualities such as benevolence, propriety, and filial piety. These teachings have had a lasting influence on Chinese society, shaping its values and ethical norms.

The Analects also provide valuable insights into Confucius' views on leadership and governance. The sage believed in the importance of virtuous rulers who govern with benevolence and wisdom, putting the well-being of their subjects above their own interests. These principles have influenced Chinese political thought and continue to resonate in contemporary discussions on governance.

Overall, Confucian Analects by Confucius is a timeless classic that offers readers a window into the philosophical and ethical teachings of one of China's most influential thinkers. Whether you are a student of philosophy, history, or Chinese culture, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the foundations of Confucian thought.

Book Description:
The Analects, or Lunyu (simplified Chinese: 论语; traditional Chinese: 論語; pinyin: Lún Yǔ; literally "Classified/Ordered Sayings"), also known as the Analects of Confucius, are considered a record of the words and acts of the central Chinese thinker and philosopher Confucius and his disciples, as well as the discussions they held. Written during the Spring and Autumn Period through the Warring States Period (ca. 475 BC - 221 BC), the Analects is the representative work of Confucianism and continues to have a substantial influence on Chinese and East Asian thought and values today.

James Legge (1815-1897) (Chinese: 理雅各; December 20, 1815 – November 29, 1897) was a noted Scottish sinologist, a Scottish Congregationalist, representative of the London Missionary Society in Malacca and Hong Kong (1840–1873), and first professor of Chinese at Oxford University (1876–1897). In association with Max Müller he prepared the monumental Sacred Books of the East series, published in 50 volumes between 1879 and 1891.

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