The Analects

The Analects EPUB The Analects By Confucius Polishdarling.co.uk This Lively New Translation With Clear Explanatory Notes By One Of The Foremost Scholars Of Classical Chinese Provides The Ideal Introduction To The Analects For Readers Who Have No Previous Knowledge Of The Chinese Language And Philosophical Traditions How Dare I Claim To Be A Sage Or A Benevolent Man By Constructing The Philosophy Expressed Through The Analects, Confucius Might Well Dare To Make Such A Claim The Analects Are A Collection Of Confucius Sayings, Compiled By His Pupils Shortly After His Death In 497 B.C., And They Reflect The Extent To Which Confucius Held Up A Moral Ideal For All Men The Aim Is The Perfection Of One S Moral Character, The Method One Of Arduous Pursuit Of Such Moral Attributes As Benevolence, Wisdom, Courage The Result Is No Recompense Either In This Life Or The Next To Follow The Way Must Be Its Own Reward A Harsh Philosophy Perhaps, But Shining Through It Is The Splendid Intellect And Spirit Of One Of The Most Reasonable And Humane Thinkers Of All Time. The Master said,It is only the most intelligent and the most stupid who are not susceptible to changeConfucius, The Analects, XVII.3I rarely re read books An exception to this rule are ethical or religious texts I love Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and will read this in dribs and drabs throughout the year The same is true of the New Testament, the Wisdom Books, Psalms, parts of the Book of Mormon, and the Analects I am drawn to some of theuniversal t
In a class taught by General George S Patton, IV at the George Washington University in the early 80 s, reflecting on his experience in Vietnam, he summarized the failure of US policy in SE Asia as a failure to understand the history and culture of the region.Years later as I prepared to deploy to Afghanistan it struck me that much of our formal education in my lifetime focused on European and Western philosophers and histories, only perpetuating the vicious cycle which the son of the famous Wo In a class taught by General George S Patton, IV at the George Washington University in the early 80 s, reflecting on his experience in Vietnam, he summarized the failure of US policy in SE Asia as a failure to understand the history and culture of the region.Years later as I prepared to deploy to Afghanistan it struck me that much of our formal education in my lifetime focused on European and Western philosophers and histories, only perpetuating the vicious cycle which the son of the famous World War II general observed.In the same sense that reading the Qur an helped me to gain a deeper un
. Confucius has a lot of wisdom Anyone who is serious about living life well would do well to read the Analects.Poignant Quotes If you try to guide the common people with coercive regulations and keep them in line with punishments, the common people will become evasive and will have no sense of shame If, however, you guide them with Virtue, and keep them in line by means of ritual, the people will have a sense of shame and will rectify themselves.Give
It s depressing to think that the teachings of Confucius constituted a religion in most of East Asia i.e they were wise sayings and stories of a great man from a certain time, that have been selectively reinterpreted by kings and heads of state, force fed to generations of schoolchildren in various eras as a substitute for original thought, and generally manipulated out of context to subjugate a nation into obedience over and over again.That s probably why many Chinese intellectuals and progr It s depressing to think that the teachings of Confucius constituted a religion in most of East Asia i.e they were wise sayings and stories of a great man from a certain time, that have been selectively reinterpreted by kings and heads of state, force fed to generations of schoolchildren in various eras as a substitute for original thought, and generally manipulated out of context to subjugate a nation into obedience over
There are two things that are commonly labeled philosophy The first is philosophy sensu strictu, which deals with technical problems in its various branches, such as epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, etc The other is what one could call a philosophy of life , a vague category that one encounters in religious texts, works of literature, poetry, and also intermingled with formal philosophy Confucianism, insofar as I understand it, mostly falls into the latter category.The Analects mainly ta There are two things that are commonly labeled philosophy The first is philosophy sensu strictu, which deals with technical problems in its various branches, such as epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, etc The other is what one could call a philosophy of life , a vague category that one encounters in religious texts, works of literature, poetry, and also intermingled with formal philosophy Confucianism, insofar as I understand it, mostly falls into the latter category.The Analects mainly takes the form of aphorisms that are interspersed in conversation between Confucius and his various disciples I suppose the closest parallel I can think of would be Marcus Aurelius s Meditations, although at times the Analects readslike the Gospels There are some fine maxims in here, but also many sections that are alternately baffling or boring Why must I wade through descriptions of the Master s clothing style There is no narrative or didactic drive to the book it just floats
The political sayings of a Chinese master22 June 2011 While I have credited the writing of this work to Confucius, it was not actually written by him but rather by his disciples Thus Confucius joins Socrates and Jesus Christ of having an enormous influence upon the world without actually writing anything down though this is not correct, as I further outline below Further, like Jesus Christ and Socrates, the books are a record of his sayings though, unlike Jesus Christ, he did not perform an The political sayings of a Chinese master22 June 2011 While I have credited the writing of this work to Confucius, it was not actually written by him but rather by his disciples Thus Confucius joins Socrates and Jesus Christ of having an enormous influence upon the world without actually writing anything down though this is not correct, as I further outline below Further, like Jesus Christ and Socrates, the books are a record of his sayings though, unlike Jesus Christ, he did not perform any miracles, nor did he speak of salvation An interesting point, the phrase Confucius says appears only once in the book, most of the time his sayings are introduced with the phrase the master says Like Jesus and Socrates, these writings were collected years after his death, though it does appear that there are some books attributed to him, though there is no hard evidence that he actually wrote anything, though it might be best to suggest that we have no w
You can t review the Analects But you can review editions of the Analects, and this one, translated and commented upon by Annping Chin, is one of the great editions of any philosophy book I ve ever come across The translation clear without being condescending, and Chin includes the Chinese text at the back of the book Her comments are fascinating best of all, she includes references to and quotes from the many traditional commentaries on the book, so you know not only what e.g one random Am You can t review the Analects But you can review editions of the Analects, and this one, translated and commented upon by Annping Chin, is one of the great editions of any philosophy book I ve ever come across The translation clear without being condescending, and Chin includes the Chinese text at the back of the book Her comments are fascinating best of all, she includes references to and quotes from the many traditional commentaries on the book, so you know not only what e.g one random American translator thinks about a given passage, but what one random American pro
From my 5 day study tour in South Korea August 5 9 , I read a bit about Korean history in English, according to Prof Han Young Woo 2010 7 , Confucius said, Learning is a joy of life This is an interestingly philosophical, psychological and educational quote as well as a groundbreaking one Just imagine, Confucius said this some 2,500 years ago Of course, we still need to read him to learneven in this 21st century and beyond.I ve just posted this quote in my Facebook so that my stud From my 5 day study tour in South Korea August 5 9 , I read a bit about Korean history in English, according to Prof Han Young Woo 2010 7 , Confucius said, Learning is a joy of life This is an interestingly philosophical, psychological and educational quote as well as a groundbreaking one Just imagine, Confucius said this some 2,500 years ago Of course, we still need to read him to learneven in this 21st century and beyond.I ve just posted this quote in my Facebook so that my students can see and read it, think and take action That means for those good and great students of mine in the past, at present and in the years to come Here s what Confucius said in Book I, 1 The Master said, To learn and at due times to repeat what one has learnt, is that not after a
One of the great classics of world literature Worth reading for the parts that still apply Confucius describes himself as a transmitter, not an originator The book may not contain any original sayings Its main philosophical idea is to avoid extremes That s also an ancient Greek idea One can do no better than to follow that precept In some places, the orifices of a corpse were plugged up to prevent the soul escaping and doing harm to the community In China, mortuary jades were used in the