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Books > Religion & Spirituality > Non-Christian religions > Religions of Indic & Oriental origin > Oriental religions > Confucianism

Confucius and Confucianism - The Essentials (Hardcover): Lee Dian Rainey Confucius and Confucianism - The Essentials (Hardcover)
Lee Dian Rainey
R1,883 Discovery Miles 18 830 Out of stock

This comprehensive introduction explores the life and teachings of Confucius, and development of Confucian thought, from ancient times to the present today.

Demonstrates the wisdom and enduring relevance of Confucius's teachings - drawing parallels between our 21st century society and that of China 2,500 years ago, where government corruption, along with social, economic, and technical changes, led thinkers to examine human nature and societyDraws on the latest research and incorporates interpretations of Confucius and his works by Chinese and Western scholars throughout the centuriesExplores how Confucius's followers expanded and reinterpreted his ideas after his death, and how this process has continued throughout Chinese historySeamlessly links Confucius with our modern age, revealing how his teachings have become the basis of East Asian culture and influenced the West

Los Cuatro Libros de Confucio, Confucio y Mencio, Coleccion La Critica Literaria Por El Celebre Critico Literario Juan Bautista... Los Cuatro Libros de Confucio, Confucio y Mencio, Coleccion La Critica Literaria Por El Celebre Critico Literario Juan Bautista Bergua, Ediciones Iber (Spanish, Paperback)
Y. Mencio Confucio y. Mencio, Juan Bautista Bergua, Confucio Y Mencio
R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

El canon de la filosofia confuciana lo componen Los Cuatro Libros de Confucio (Kung-Fu-Tse o Kung-Tse) y de su principal discipulo, Mencio (Mengtse). Traducido, prologado y anotado por Juan Bautista Bergua. Los Cuatro Libros son el conjunto de las obras escritas por los discipulos de Confucio que ilustran las principales ensenanzas del maestro sobre cuestiones politicas, morales, filosoficas y practicas. 1. El "Ta-Hio," El Gran Estudio o Gran Saber, dedicado al camino para alcanzar la virtud y la armonia. 2. El "Tchung-Yung," o Doctrina del Medio, contiene recomendaciones para alcanzar la perfeccion mediante la instruccion en las reglas morales y la ensenanza de las mismas. 3. El "Lun-Yu," o Comentarios Filosoficos, tambien conocido como las Analectas, es considerado el documento que mas autenticamente refleja el pensamiento del maestro. 4. El "Meng-Tseu" (Meng-Tse), o Libro de Mencio, es la interpretacion del Confucianismo por Mencio, quien vivio un siglo despues que Confucio, pero es considerado su mas celebre discipulo y quien mejor ha sabido explicar las maximas del Confucianismo. Ediciones Ibericas y Clasicos Bergua fue fundada en 1927 por Juan Bautista Bergua, critico literario y celebre autor de una gran coleccion de obras de la literatura clasica. Las traducciones de Juan B. Bergua, con sus prologos, resumenes y anotaciones son fundamentales para el entendimiento de las obras mas importantes de la antiguedad. LaCriticaLiteraria.com ofrece al lector a conocer un importante fondo cultural y tener mayor conocimiento de la literatura clasica universal con experto analisis y critica.

Cultural Blending In Korean Death Rites - New Interpretive Approaches (Hardcover): Chang-Won Park Cultural Blending In Korean Death Rites - New Interpretive Approaches (Hardcover)
Chang-Won Park
R4,137 Discovery Miles 41 370 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Cultural Blending in Korean Death Rites" examines the cultural encounter of Confucianism and Christianity with particular reference to death rites in Korea. As its overarching interpretive framework, this book employs the idea of the 'total social phenomenon', a concept first introduced by the French anthropologist Marcel Mauss (1872-1950).
From the perspective of the total social phenomenon, this book utilizes a combination of theological, historical, sociological and anthropological approaches, and explores Korean death rites by classifying them into three categories: ritual "before" death (Bible copying), ritual "at" death (funerary rites), and ritual "after" death (ancestral ritual). It focuses on Christian practices as they epitomize the complex interplay of Confucianism and Christianity. By drawing on a total social phenomenon approach to the empirical case of Korean death rites, Chang-Won Park contributes to the advancement of theory and method in religious studies.

The Confucian Analects, the Great Learning & the Doctrine of the Mean (Hardcover): Confucius The Confucian Analects, the Great Learning & the Doctrine of the Mean (Hardcover)
Confucius; Translated by James Legge
R1,176 Discovery Miles 11 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Notable not only for its comprehensiveness but also for its inclusion of the Chinese pictograms, this complete text of the *Analects* of the greatest philosopher of Chinese history is a must-own volume for any student of Confucius (551Bi479 Be. From the disposition of a land's rulers to the value of prayer, the thoughts of Confucius have powerfully shaped the moral life and political structures of Asian nations, and influenced the direction of the Western world as well. Here, Legge offers an enlightening introduction to the *Analects,* copious notes that place the sayings in cultural context, and much more assistance for the lay reader in understanding the depth of Confucius' wisdom. This three-in-one volume, originally published in this form in 1893, also includes *The Great Learning,* the Confucian illustration of illustrious virtue, and *The Doctrine of the Mean,* the thinker's explication of the path of duty. Scottish scholar JAMES LEGGE (1815-1897) was the first professor of Chinese language and literature at Oxford University, serving from 1876 to 1897. Among his many books are The Life and Teaching of Confucius (1867), The Religions of China (1880), and the 50-volume Sacred Books of the East (1879-1891).

The Confucian Analects, the Great Learning & the Doctrine of the Mean (Paperback): Confucius The Confucian Analects, the Great Learning & the Doctrine of the Mean (Paperback)
Confucius; Translated by James Legge
R535 Discovery Miles 5 350 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Notable not only for its comprehensiveness but also for its inclusion of the Chinese pictograms, this complete text of the *Analects* of the greatest philosopher of Chinese history is a must-own volume for any student of Confucius (551Bi479 Be. From the disposition of a land's rulers to the value of prayer, the thoughts of Confucius have powerfully shaped the moral life and political structures of Asian nations, and influenced the direction of the Western world as well. Here, Legge offers an enlightening introduction to the *Analects,* copious notes that place the sayings in cultural context, and much more assistance for the lay reader in understanding the depth of Confucius' wisdom. This three-in-one volume, originally published in this form in 1893, also includes *The Great Learning,* the Confucian illustration of illustrious virtue, and *The Doctrine of the Mean,* the thinker's explication of the path of duty. Scottish scholar JAMES LEGGE (1815-1897) was the first professor of Chinese language and literature at Oxford University, serving from 1876 to 1897. Among his many books are The Life and Teaching of Confucius (1867), The Religions of China (1880), and the 50-volume Sacred Books of the East (1879-1891).

The Sayings Of Confucius (Paperback): Lionel Giles The Sayings Of Confucius (Paperback)
Lionel Giles
R561 Discovery Miles 5 610 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Confucianism and Taoism (Hardcover): B.S. Bonsall Confucianism and Taoism (Hardcover)
B.S. Bonsall
R805 Discovery Miles 8 050 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Contents Include CONFUCIANISM Confucius and the Confucian School Religious Ideas of the Confucian Classes Confucian Ethics Modern Confucianism TAOISM Lao-tzu The Tao-Teth-Ching Later Taoist Writers Modern TaoismKeywords: Confucian Ethics Confucian School Lao Tzu Confucianism Taoism Religious Ideas Confucius Taoist Tao

Essential Writings of Confucianism - The Analects of Confucius and The Mencius (Paperback): Kung Fu-Tzu, Menke Essential Writings of Confucianism - The Analects of Confucius and The Mencius (Paperback)
Kung Fu-Tzu, Menke
R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Two classics of Chinese philosophy. The Analects of Confucius, and the Mencius.

Tao Te Ching (Paperback): Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching (Paperback)
Lao Tzu; Translated by James Legge
R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A classic Chinese text dating from the 6th century B.C., the "Book of the Way" consists of 81 short poems that unfold the spiritual nature of Taoism, one of the ancient Chinese religions. In describing the universal life force implicit in all things, this work shows readers a path that teaches contentment and balance. The simple language of Lao Tzu's manual on the art of living essentially encourages being humble, temperate, and considerate in the face of life's predicaments. The wisdom of being a part of the Tao leads to a serenity of spirit that improves all aspects of human life, from work to family, difficulties and joys. An essential for the meditation of Taoists for thousands of years, the "Tao Te Ching" is as beneficial and informative as it is enduring. This edition is drawn from the authoritative translation of James Legge and is interspersed with detailed critical analysis by the translator.

Confucianism and Modern China (Paperback): Reginald Fleming Johnston Confucianism and Modern China (Paperback)
Reginald Fleming Johnston
R473 R399 Discovery Miles 3 990 Save R74 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"In these lectures I will endeavour to justify the faith that is in me and to explain the grounds on which I base my belief that Confucianism is still a living force among the Chinese people and has a message of great value for the China of the present and future and provide and answer to the question "What is Confucianism? If we wish to form an adequate idea of Confucianism we must make an effort to look at it from within, and to approximate as closely as possible to the standpoint of those who are themselves among the loyal guardians of the great Confucian heritage." -Reginald Fleming Johnston. Johnston provides a unique insight in outlining the fourteen Confucian texts and describes the challenges that Confucianism was to face during the revolutionary times of the early 1900's. While written almost one hundred years ago, this book provides the reader with valuable insight into a significant aspect of Chinese culture.

I Ching - Or, the Book of Changes (Paperback): James Legge I Ching - Or, the Book of Changes (Paperback)
James Legge
R424 Discovery Miles 4 240 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

James Legge's translation of the I Ching is the standard against which all later editions of this timeless oracle have been judged. Part divination system, part guide to living a superior life, the I Ching can help you divine your way in this complicated world. Join the millions of people who have already experienced this mystic way.

Confucian Tradition and Global Education (Hardcover): William Theodore de Bary Confucian Tradition and Global Education (Hardcover)
William Theodore de Bary
R718 R676 Discovery Miles 6 760 Save R42 (6%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Professor de Bary argues in these three lectures that China's Confucian tradition is still relevant in the democratic and pluralistic world order of today. First, Confucian tradition values free discourse and the pursuit of knowledge. Second, He goes into further details of the content and method by which the Chinese classics can be restored to a place in a modern humanities curriculum relevant to a global horizon. Third, de Bary envisions a global curriculum of great books through translation. Throughout these lectures, one can see de Bary's passion as a humanist and an educator and one who has had tremendous experience in conceiving and editing the ""Introduction to Oriental Civilizations Series"", which have had so much impact upon the teachings of Asia in America's colleges. Two additional chapters by Professors Tze-wan Kwan and Cheung Chanfai on the issues of Tang Chun-I's concept of general education and language media in education respectively are added.

Confucianism and Taoism (Paperback): B.S. Bonsall Confucianism and Taoism (Paperback)
B.S. Bonsall
R542 Discovery Miles 5 420 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Contents Include CONFUCIANISM Confucius and the Confucian School Religious Ideas of the Confucian Classes Confucian Ethics Modern Confucianism TAOISM Lao-tzu The Tao-Teth-Ching Later Taoist Writers Modern TaoismKeywords: Confucian Ethics Confucian School Lao Tzu Confucianism Taoism Religious Ideas Confucius Taoist Tao

The Analects (Hardcover): Confucius The Analects (Hardcover)
Confucius; Edited by 1stworld Library
R648 Discovery Miles 6 480 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Master said, 'Is it not pleasant to learn with a constant perseverance and application? 'Is it not delightful to have friends coming from distant quarters? 'Is he not a man of complete virtue, who feels no discomposure though men may take no note of him?" The philosopher Yu said, 'They are few who, being filial and fraternal, are fond of offending against their superiors. There have been none, who, not liking to offend against their superiors, have been fond of stirring up confusion.

A Topography of Confucian Discourse (Paperback): S ung-hwan Yi, Lee Seung-Hwan, Seung-Hwan Lee A Topography of Confucian Discourse (Paperback)
S ung-hwan Yi, Lee Seung-Hwan, Seung-Hwan Lee
R825 Discovery Miles 8 250 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Throughout history, numerous scholars and intellectuals have tried to define Confucianism one way or another. Despite their efforts, the voices of those who claim to have found the essence of Confucianism are as much at odds as ever. A Topography of Confucian Discourse analyzes Confucian discussion in diverse historical settings, examining how Confucianism has served the different purposes of biased interpreters and how they have manipulated Confucian discourse. To explore their hidden desires, Lee Seung-hwan critically observes various historical contexts in which people interpreted Confucianism: in the heyday of the Jesuit Missionaries, the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, the period of Western Imperialism, late twentieth-century postmodern America, Tokugawa Japan, Choson Korea, China, Taiwan, South Korea, as well as Singapore. The author successfully historicizes Confucian discourse, explaining why, against a certain political background, a certain view on Confucianism has to arise. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Lee Seung-hwan received his PhD from the University of Hawaii. A professor of philosophy at Korea University, Lee has authored several books including The Sociopolitical Re-illumination of Confucian Thought and The Exchange of E-Mail between the West and the East for 127 Days. Lee has been known as a progressive philosopher of Chinese philosophy and has dealt with the inherent conflicts in liberal political thought. ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR Jaeyoon Song is a PhD candidate at Harvard University and is interested in Chinese intellectual history and philosophy. He is currently working on Song discourse on government, especially the rise of a proto-constitutional debate in Southern Song China.

The Land of Scholars - Two Thousand Years of Korean Confucianism (Paperback, 1st American ed): Kang Jae-Un The Land of Scholars - Two Thousand Years of Korean Confucianism (Paperback, 1st American ed)
Kang Jae-Un; Translated by Sook Pyo Lee
R994 Discovery Miles 9 940 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Discusses the historical development of Korean Confucianism in terms of its social functions. This book examines the types of transfiguration Confucianism underwent and the role it played in each period of Korean history. It spans from the Three Kingdoms period (18 BCE to 660 CE) to the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910).

Ling Ch'i Ching - A Classic Chinese Oracle (Paperback, New Ed): Ralph Sawyer Ling Ch'i Ching - A Classic Chinese Oracle (Paperback, New Ed)
Ralph Sawyer
R434 R396 Discovery Miles 3 960 Save R38 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The "Ling Ch'I Ching" was first created by an unknown Chinese scholar who consciously sought to present the world with a more accessible oracle than the esoteric "I Ching," For centuries the "Ling Ch'I Ching"has been a popular divination device for attaining self-knowledge and wisdom. Like its more famous cousin, the "I Ching," the "Ling Ch'I Ching"is rich in poetic language and metaphorical imagery, linking the dynamic principles of heaven and earth with the affairs of people. But the "Ling Ch'I Ching"is far more accessible than the "I Ching," focusing on the concerns of day-to-day life and positive accomplishment, with no "moving lines" to interpret. The method of consultation includes throwing twelve coins, which are then arranged in three rows to yield one of 125 possible trigraphs. In the text, each trigraph is represented by a core oracle describing a situation, problem, or event, and its internal dynamic, along with a verse emphasizing the trigraph's more subtle, intuitive qualities. To aid the reader in interpreting the oracle, selections from classical commentaries have been included, as well as the translators' own commentary on the text.

The Economics Principles of Confucius and His School (Volume One) (Paperback): Chen Huan-Chang The Economics Principles of Confucius and His School (Volume One) (Paperback)
Chen Huan-Chang
R896 Discovery Miles 8 960 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Economic Principles of Confucius and His School is a unique work. The author, Chen Huan-Chang, was a civil servant in the last years of the Qing Empire. After a traditional education in classical Chinese, Chen befriended and became a student of the great reforming scholar and leader Kang Yu-wei, who deepened and broadened his knowledge of Confucianism. Finally, he went to the USA and took a Ph.D. in economics at Columbia University, studying with such noted names as Edwin Seligman and John Bates Clark, producing his Ph.D. and this book in the very year of the collapse of the Chinese Empire, 1911. Uniquely, Chen was trained in both classical and reformist Chinese schools and Western economic thought. It is from this perspective that he produced The Economic Principles of Confucius and His School, a meticulous comparison and contrasting of classical Chinese and classical Western economic doctrines. His reformist position means that he does not automatically defend Chinese doctrines, yet he considers them to be strong and important and does not advocate their replacement with Western models of thought, as some other Chinese reformers of his day did. This two-volume work gives an extremely detailed account of economic thinking in China before the 1911 Revolution. Chen includes not only the Confucians but also accounts of Daoist, Mohist, Legalist and many other schools. Even today, no other study of this depth has ever been produced in English, and much of what Chen describes is still highly relevant in modern times.

The Economics Principles of Confucius and His School (Volume Two) (Paperback): Chen Huan-Chang The Economics Principles of Confucius and His School (Volume Two) (Paperback)
Chen Huan-Chang
R520 Discovery Miles 5 200 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Economic Principles of Confucius and His School is a unique work. The author, Chen Huan-Chang, was a civil servant in the last years of the Qing Empire. After a traditional education in classical Chinese, Chen befriended and became a student of the great reforming scholar and leader Kang Yu-wei, who deepened and broadened his knowledge of Confucianism. Finally, he went to the USA and took a Ph.D. in economics at Columbia University, studying with such noted names as Edwin Seligman and John Bates Clark, producing his Ph.D. and this book in the very year of the collapse of the Chinese Empire, 1911. Uniquely, Chen was trained in both classical and reformist Chinese schools and Western economic thought. It is from this perspective that he produced The Economic Principles of Confucius and His School, a meticulous comparison and contrasting of classical Chinese and classical Western economic doctrines. His reformist position means that he does not automatically defend Chinese doctrines, yet he considers them to be strong and important and does not advocate their replacement with Western models of thought, as some other Chinese reformers of his day did. This two-volume work gives an extremely detailed account of economic thinking in China before the 1911 Revolution. Chen includes not only the Confucians but also accounts of Daoist, Mohist, Legalist and many other schools. Even today, no other study of this depth has ever been produced in English, and much of what Chen describes is still highly relevant in modern times.

Modernization, Globalization, and Confucianism in Chinese Societies (Hardcover, New): Joseph B. Tamney, Linda Hsueh-Ling Chiang Modernization, Globalization, and Confucianism in Chinese Societies (Hardcover, New)
Joseph B. Tamney, Linda Hsueh-Ling Chiang
R2,103 Discovery Miles 21 030 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Confucianism has influenced Chinese societies for more than 2,000 years, and such influence is likely to continue in the future. However, during the preceding centuries, the nature of what was understood to be Confucianism has changed, and this process will also continue. Today, the scholarly tradition is adapting both to the modernization of Chinese societies--mainland China, Singapore, and Taiwan--and to the emergence of global society.

Tamney and Chiang focus on current social changes, their implications for the Chinese scholarly tradition, and the responses of Confucianists to these changes. Special topics include the response of Confucian scholars to the democracy movement, how politicians are using Confucian beliefs and values, the role of the scholarly tradition in contemporary Chinese popular culture, the challenges to Confucianism resulting from the changing role of women, and how competition with world religions is affecting the scholarly tradition. Throughout the book two themes are explored: the division of Confucianism into traditionalist and modernist forms and the nature of ideological convergence in the contemporary world. Scholars, students, and researchers interested in the ways Confucianism is becoming more similar to Western beliefs and values and in the ways Confucianism is likely to remain distinctive will find the volume invaluable.

Focusing the Familiar - A Translation and Philosophical Interpretation of the ""Zhongyong (Paperback, Annotated Ed): Roger T.... Focusing the Familiar - A Translation and Philosophical Interpretation of the ""Zhongyong (Paperback, Annotated Ed)
Roger T. Ames (Professor of Philosophy, University of Hawai'i, USA), David L. Hall (Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas, El Paso, USA); Translated by Roger T. Ames (Professor of Philosophy, University of Hawai'i, USA), David L. Hall (Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas, El Paso, USA)
R520 Discovery Miles 5 200 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The ""Zhongyong"" - translated here as ""Focusing the Familiar"" has been regarded as a document of enormous wisdom for more than two millennia and is one of Confucianism's most sacred and seminal texts. It achieved truly canonical preeminence when it became one of the Four Books compiled and annotated by the Southern Song dynasty philosopher Zhu Xi (1130-1200). Within the compass of world literature, the influence of these books (Analects of Confucius, Great Learning, Zhongyong, and Mencius) on the Sinitic world of East Asia has been no less than the Bible and the Qu'ran on Western civilization. With this translation David Hall and Roger Ames seek to provide a distinctly philosophical interpretation of the Zhongyong, remaining attentive to the semantic and conceptual nuances of the text to account for its central place within classical Chinese literature. They present the text in such a way as to provide Western philosophers and other intellectuals access to a set of interpretations and arguments that offer insights into issues and concerns common to both Chinese and Western thinkers.

I Learned Today (Paperback, illustrated edition): Leo F. Batista I Learned Today (Paperback, illustrated edition)
Leo F. Batista
R328 Discovery Miles 3 280 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Essentials of Neo-Confucianism - Eight Major Philosophers of the Song and Ming Periods (Hardcover): Siu-chi Huang Essentials of Neo-Confucianism - Eight Major Philosophers of the Song and Ming Periods (Hardcover)
Siu-chi Huang
R1,608 Discovery Miles 16 080 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Huang's book analyzes the major Neo-Confucian philosophers from the eleventh to the sixteenth centuries. Focusing on metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical philosophical issues, this study presents the historical development of the Neo-Confucian school, an outgrowth of ancient Confucianism, and characterizes its thought, background, and influence. Key concepts-for example ^Utai-ji (supreme ultimate), ^Uxin (mind), and ^Uren (humanity)-as interpreted by each thinker are discussed in detail. Also examined are the two major schools that developed during this period, Cheng-Zhu, School of Principle, and Lu-Wang, School of Mind. These schools, despite different philosophical orientations, were convinced that their common goal, to bring about a harmonious relationships between man and the universe and between man and man, could be achieved through different ways of philosophizing. To understand the Chinese mind, it is necessary to understand Neo-Confucianism as a reformation of early Confucianism. This analytical presentation of major Neo-Confucian philosophers, from the eleventh to the sixteenth centuries, examines Zhou Dun-yi (1017-1073), Shao Yong (1011-1077), Zhang Zai (1020-1077), Cheng Hao (1032-1085), Cheng Yi (1033-1107), Zhu Xi (1130-1200), Lu Xiang-shan (1139-1193), and Wang Yang-ming (1427-1529). With its focus on metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical philosophical issues, Huang's study presents the historical development of the Neo-Confucian school, an outgrowth of ancient Confucianism, and characterizes its thought, background, and influence. Key concepts-for example, ^Utai-ji (supreme ultimate), ^Uxin (mind), and ^Uren (humanity)-as interpreted by each thinker are discussed in detail. The two major schools that developed during these six centuries are examined as well. Lu-Wang, School of Mind, developed in criticism of Cheng-Zhu, School of Principle. The two schools, despite different approaches toward their philosophical pursuits, were convinced that their common goals, to bring about harmonious relationships between man and the universe and between man and man, could be achieved through different ways of philosophizing. To understand the Chinese mind, it is necessary to understand Neo-Confucianism as a reformation of early Confucianism. Scholars of Eastern religions and philosophy will appreciate the objective interpretations of each thinker's philosophy, for which pertinent passages spoken by each man have been selected and translated by the author from the original Chinese, and the comparisons of the Neo-Confucian philosophies with those of the West. An introduction provides the historical background in which to study the rise of Neo-Confucianism. The study is organized ehronologically and includes a glossary of terms and a bibliography which serves as a helpful guide for further research.

Focusing the Familiar - A Translation and Philosophical Interpretation of the "Zhongyong" (Hardcover, annotated edition): Roger... Focusing the Familiar - A Translation and Philosophical Interpretation of the "Zhongyong" (Hardcover, annotated edition)
Roger T. Ames, David L. Hall; Translated by Roger T. Ames, David L. Hall
R1,408 Discovery Miles 14 080 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The "Zhongyong" - translated here as "Focusing the Familiar" has been regarded as a document of enormous wisdom for more than two millennia and is one of Confucianism's most sacred and seminal texts. It achieved truly canonical preeminence when it became one of the Four Books compiled and annotated by the Southern Song dynasty philosopher Zhu Xi (1130-1200). Within the compass of world literature, the influence of these books (Analects of Confucius, Great Learning, Zhongyong, and Mencius) on the Sinitic world of East Asia has been no less than the Bible and the Qu'ran on Western civilization. With this translation David Hall and Roger Ames seek to provide a distinctly philosophical interpretation of the Zhongyong, remaining attentive to the semantic and conceptual nuances of the text to account for its central place within classical Chinese literature. They present the text in such a way as to provide Western philosophers and other intellectuals access to a set of interpretations and arguments that offer insights into issues and concerns common to both Chinese and Western thinkers.

The Ways of Confucianism - Investigations in Chinese Philosophy (Paperback): David S. Nivison The Ways of Confucianism - Investigations in Chinese Philosophy (Paperback)
David S. Nivison; Volume editing by Bryan W. Van Norden
R772 R632 Discovery Miles 6 320 Save R140 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Is human nature good or evil? Does knowledge guarantee right action, or can humans do what is wrong when they know what is right? What parts should teachers, classic texts, and our own moral intuitions play in our ethical cultivation?

Confucianism is one of the world's most influential philosophical traditions, offering profound and challenging insights on human nature, virtue, and the foundations of civilization. In The Ways of Confucianism, David S. Nivison brings out the exciting variety within Confucian thought, as he interprets and elucidates key thinkers from over two thousand years, from Confucius himself, through Mencius and Xunzi, to Wang Yangming, Dai Zhen, and Zhang Xuecheng.

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