The Analects of Confucius by Confucius (Kongzi)

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Acting as an inspiration to the people of China and East Asia, "The Analects" affirms a humanistic ethic. This translation of the work aims to break down the stereotypical Confucius, showing him to have been a man of passion, enthusiasm and action, whose vocation was politics, and who saw his world sink into violent barbarity. Unable to secure the political role he sought, he engaged his crumbling culture in ethical debate, exercising his moral duty to reform society and restore its former glory. In this translation of the work, Confucius seems to be addressing the problems of our own age.
 

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Burton Watson has taught at Columbia, Stanford, and Kyoto Universities and is one of the world's best-known translators of Chinese and Japanese works. His translations include The Tales of the Heike; The Lotus Sutra; the writings of Zhuangzi, Mozi, Xunzi, and Han Feizi; The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry; and Records of the Grand Historian.
 
Published December 1, 1936 by Allen & Unwin. 268 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy, Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction

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Because they offer diverse and sometimes diametrically opposite meanings, the words of Chinese classics are as likely to reflect the prejudices of the translator as the are to exhibit scholarly rigor.

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Or then there's this: "Whenever he met someone in mourning, someone in ceremonial robes, or someone blind - the Master would stand or humbly step aside."

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Because they offer diverse and sometimes diametrically opposite meanings, the words of Chinese classics are as likely to reflect the prejudices of the translator as the are to exhibit scholarly rigor.

Dec 30 1996 | Read Full Review of The Analects of Confucius

Asian Review of Books

... Burton Watson's translation of The Analects of Confucius covers all the traditional
sayings and stories of Master Kong. It's juicy source material.

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