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Entire text of the Analects of Confucius in large, readable characters, and beneath this Legge's full translation, which has been accepted as the definitive, standard English version. Full chinese text, standard English translation on same page. Finest edition anywhere of one of world's finest thinkers.
Central to the study of Chinese civilization at its widest extension is the thought of the great sage K'ung, usually known in the West by the Latinized form of his name, Confucius. His works form the core of more than two thousand years of Oriental civilization, and even today, when he has been officially discarded, his thought remains important for understanding the present as well as the past. Yet Confucius is the property of not only the Orientalists: his ideas stood behind much of the rational social thought of the European Enlightenment, as great philosophers from Leibnitz on seized with delight "the perfect ethic without supernaturalism: that China offered them.
The present edition of the wisdom of Confucius is certainly the best edition ever prepared in the West. The results of many years of study in China by the great Sinologist James Legge, it contains the entire Chinese text of the Analects (or sayings) of Confucius in large, readable characters, and beneath this Legge's full translation, which has been accepted as the definitive, standard English version. The book also includes The Great Learning and The Doctrine of the Mean.
In addition to the texts and translation, a wealth of helpful material is offered to the reader: countless notes embodying textual studies, commentators' opinions, interpretation of individual characters, disputed meanings, and similar material. More than 125 pages of introduction cover the Chinese classics, the history of the texts in this volume, and the life and influence of Confucius. Most useful, too, is a complete dictionary of all the Chinese characters in the book, with meanings, grammatical comments, place locations, and similar data. Subject and name indexes enable you to find material easily.
Full chinese text, standard English translation on same page. Finest edition anywhere of one of world's finest thinkers.
Entire text of the Analects of Confucius
in large, readable characters, and beneath this Legge's full translation, which has been accepted and the definitive, standard English version. Full chinese text, standard English translation on same page. Finest edition anywhere of one of world's finest thinkers.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER I. OF THE CHINESE CLASSICS GENERALLY.
I. Books included under the Name of the Chinese Classics
II. The Authority of the Chinese Classics
CHAPTER II. OF THE CONFUCIAN ANALECTS.
I. Formation of the Text of the Analects by the Scholars of the Han Dynasty
II. "At what time, and by whom, the Analects were written ; their Plan ; and Authenticity"
III. Of Commentaries upon the Analects
IV. Of Various Readings
CHAPTER III. OF THE GREAT LEARNING.
I. "History of the Text, and the different Arrangements of it which have been proposed"
II. "Of the Authorship, and distinction of the Text into Classical Text and Commentary"
III. Its Scope and Value
CHAPTER IV. THE DOCTRINE OF THE MEAN.
I. "Its Place in the Lî Chî, and its Publication separately"
II. Its Author ; and some account of him
III. Its Integrity
IV. Its Scope and Value
CHAPTER V. CONFUCIOUS AND HIS IMMEDIATE DISCIPLES.
I. Life of Confucious
II. His Influence and Opinions
III. His Immediate Disciples
CHAPTER VI. LIST OF THE PRINCIPAL WORKS WHICH HAVE BEEN CONSULTED IN THE PREPARATION OF THIS VOLUME.
I. "Chinese Works, with Brief Notices"
II. Translations and other Works
THE BODY OF THE VOLUME.
I. CONFUCIAN ANALECTS
Book I. Hsio R
II. Wei Chang
III. Pâ Yî
IV. Lî Zan
V. Kung Yê Ch'ang
VI. Yung Yê
VII. Shû R
IX. Tsze Han
X. Hsiang Tang
XI. Hsien Tsin
XII. Yen Yüan
XIV. Hsien Wan
XV. Wei Ling Kung
XVI. Chî Shih
XVII. Yang Ho
XVIII. Wei Tsze
XX. Yâo Yüeh
II. THE GREAT LEARNING
III. THE DOCTRINE OF THE MEAN
I. Subjects in the Confucian Analects
II. Proper Names in the Confucian Analects
III. Subjects in the Great Learning
IV. Proper Names in the Great Learning
V. Subjects in the Doctrine of the Mean
VI. Proper Names in the Doctrine of the Mean
VII. Chinese Characters and Phrases