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One of the most well known ancient philosophers outside the Western tradition, Confucius (551-479 BC) was an important Chinese thinker and the founder of Confucianism. Confucius dealt with a wide variety of subjects, including ethics, politics, filial piety, human relationships, and the pursuit of knowledge. While Confucianism is often considered a religion, many have argued Confucius's teachings are more applicable to a whole way of life, and his teachings are still revered in China and throughout the world.
The Analects of Confucius by Confucius; Burton Watson (Translator)
Publication Date: 2007
Compiled by disciples of Confucius in the centuries following his death in 479 B.C.E., The Analects of Confucius is a collection of aphorisms and historical anecdotes embodying the basic values of the Confucian tradition: learning, morality, ritual decorum, and filial piety. Reflecting the model eras of Chinese antiquity, the Analects offers valuable insights into successful governance and the ideal organization of society. Filled with humor and sarcasm, it reads like a casual conversation between teacher and student, emphasizing the role of the individual in the attainment of knowledge and the value of using historical events and people to illuminate moral and political concepts. The most important philosophical work in all of Chinese history, The Analects of Confucius has shaped the thought and customs of China and neighboring countries for centuries. Burton Watson's concise translation uses the pinyin romanization system and keeps explanatory notes to a minimum, yet his intimate knowledge of the Confucian tradition and precise attention to linguistic detail capture the original text's elegance, cogency, and wit.
The Morals of Confucius by Confucius
Publication Date: 2012
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1724 edition.