Analects of Confucius

(ca. 479–249 BCE)


The significance of Confucianism is indisputable, as its continuing influence in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam attest. As a purported record of Confucius’s words, the Analects enjoys a privileged place in the Confucian canon. A return to the original core of Confucian writings during the Southern Song Dynasty in the twelfth century led to the creation of Neo-Confucianism and renewed scholarly interest in the Analects. While the political and philosophical ideas discussed in Confucian texts like the Analects legitimized dynastic rule and directed intellectual activiity,...

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