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The Analects of Confucius

Confucius was a Chinese philosopher who lived from 551 BC – 479 BC. Although he is usually listed as the author of The Analects ( wise sayings ), it was actually a group of his followers, years after his death, who wrote down his words and descriptions of his daily life. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized morality, "the proprieties" - correctness of social relationships - as well as justice and sincerity. A major goal of his conversations was to get his disciples to think deeply for themselves by relentless study of the world.
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Confucius was a Chinese philosopher who lived from 551 BC – 479 BC. Although he is usually listed as the author of The Analects ( wise sayings ), it was actually a group of his followers, years after his death, who wrote down his words and descriptions of his daily life. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized morality, "the proprieties" - correctness of social relationships - as well as justice and sincerity. A major goal of his conversations was to get his disciples to think deeply for themselves by relentless study of the world. Confucius' values gained prominence in China over all other doctrines and, in time, his thoughts were developed into a system of philosophy known as "Confucianism." It is difficult for people outside China to realize just how great an influence Confucius has had on Chinese thought. To his day, even in Communist China, there are temples to Confucius in almost every city and every year spectacular memorial ceremonies are held honoring Confucius and his philosophy.

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    What did you like best about The Analects of Confucius? What did you like least?

    What I liked least was the assumption that one was already aware of the "Rules of Propriety." have these been written down anywhere?


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I seem to have gotten hold of an entirely different translation of this work than my old mentor C.S. Lewis did. I not only found them dull and uninteresting, but many of the things referenced in the introduction did not even seem to appear in the book.


    Did Jim Roberts do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There were also several points at which I felt that necessary terms had been left untranslated altogether.


    Do you think The Analects of Confucius needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If it were possible to find a specific book on the Rules of Propriety, then this book might be brought into a deeper and more sensitive context.


    Any additional comments?

    Rated PG.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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