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Zhu Xi's Reading of the "Analects"
Author: Daniel K. Gardner

ISBN: 9780231128643
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 17 August 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.7 x 1.7
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The "Analects" is a compendium of the sayings of Confucius (551--479 b.c.e.), transcribed and passed down by his disciples. How it came to be transformed by Zhu Xi (1130--1200) into one of the most philosophically significant texts in the Confucian tradition is the subject of this book.

Scholarly attention in China had long been devoted to the "Analects." By the time of Zhu Xi, a rich history of commentary had grown up around it. But Zhu, claiming that the "Analects" was one of the authoritative texts in the canon and should be read before all others, gave it a still more privileged status in the tradition. He spent decades preparing an extended interlinear commentary on it. Sustained by a newer, more elaborate language of metaphysics, Zhu's commentary on the "Analects" marked a significant shift in the philosophical orientation of Confucianism -- a shift that redefined the Confucian tradition for the next eight centuries, not only in China, but in Japan and Korea well.

Gardner's translations and analysis of Zhu Xi's commentary on the "Analects" show one of China's great t...

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