A Reader’s Companion to the Confucian Analects by Henry Rosemont Jr.

By Henry Rosemont Jr.

During this little e-book, Confucian pupil 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 offers tables of variation spellings of chinese language phrases, a discovering checklist for college students named within the textual content, a concordance of key philosophical and non secular phrases, and an annotated bibliography to steer the reader's additional reviews and reflections at the textual content.

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Or perhaps better stated, the aesthetic, ethical and religious dimensions of our lives are what make our lives truly human lives. ” Then Ranyou asked the same question. ” Gongxi Hua said, “When Zilu asked the question, you observed that his father and elder brothers are still alive, but when Ranyou asked the same question you told him to act on what he learns. ” The Master replied, “Ranyou is diffident, and so I urged him on. ” (Sivin, 2000: p. 328 n. 46) Perfect examples of “praxis-guiding” discourse for the students.

Then Ranyou asked the same question. ” Gongxi Hua said, “When Zilu asked the question, you observed that his father and brothers are still alive but when Ranyou asked the same question you told him to act on what he learns. ” The Master replied, “Ranyou is diffident, and so I urged him on. ” It thus behooves the serious reader to peruse all of the analects—almost half of the text—in which a student is named, and to make this task a little easier a Finding List for each of them mentioned three or more times is included at the end of this Companion (Appendix III).

Again, appreciating his orientation toward the family as the basic locus from which people develop as ethical human beings can help us understand his particularism. Clearly what persons should do in a situation at home will depend on which other members of the family they are engaged with, and at what time: The way I should acknowledge and repay a kindness from my grandmother will almost surely not be the same as it would be if the recipient of my attentions were my father, younger sister or uncle.

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