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By Henry Rosemont Jr.

During this little ebook, Confucian student and thinker Henry Rosemont, Jr. has summarized 40 years of expertise learning, translating, and educating the Analects. For crucial cross-referencing of textual passages in differing translations, Rosemont presents tables of version spellings of chinese language phrases, a discovering record for college kids named within the textual content, a concordance of key philosophical and spiritual phrases, and an annotated bibliography to lead the reader's additional reports and reflections at the textual content.

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While the lineages that developed after his death all traced their teachings to him, they were somewhat different teachings, probably having relatively little in common except a focus on training for official position, and perhaps for their maintaining the Master’s motivation and commitment to make their own students better persons. 1057/9781137303394 7 The Master There are a few good biographies of Confucius in English, but just as it is better to become acquainted with his students directly from the text, so, too, with their teacher: The Analects contains a sufficient number of autobiographical and biographical statements about him to enable the careful reader to take a measure of the man when they feel it is important to do so.

1057/9781137303394 The Students 23 simply there, and despite a great deal of calligraphic ink being used to explain these analects in a myriad of (often conflicting) commentaries, we are, in the end, left to make of them what we will. After reading, and then re-reading all of the analects in which a particular student speaks or is described, the reader should reflect thereon, and form a tentative opinion of the kind of person overall the student appears to have been, and was judged by Confucius.

5 Terms, Concepts and Concept-Clusters Every culture has a vocabulary denoting core concepts for describing, analyzing and evaluating human conduct, long ago as well as today. In contemporary English that vocabulary tends to cluster around the term “morals” and includes such other terms as “freedom,” “ought,” “rights,” “liberty,” “reason,” “obligation,” “choice,” “dilemma,” “evil,” “objective/subjective,” “right/wrong,” “individual,” “duty” and several related terms. Without these terms a discussion of moral issues could not take place.

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