The Life and Teachings of Confucius

The Life and Teachings of Confucius – James Legge

This edition is a general account of the Chinese classics and contains a Life of Confucius, the ‘ Analects ‘ which describe his opinions, the translation of two standard works of the Confucian school, called ‘The Great Learning,’ and ‘The Doctrine of the Mean,’ written by his celebrated grandson. We commend the work most heartily to those who value such studies, as conveying to them, in a small compass and on the highest authority, a clear view of the position and opinions of the great sage who, for two thousand years, has ruled the literary world of China.

The Life and Teachings of Confucius

The Life and Teachings of Confucius

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The Life and Teachings of Confucius.

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Biography of Confucius (from Wikipedia):

Confucius (/kənˈfjuːʃəs/; September 28, 551 BC – 479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.

The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of the Legalists during the Qin Dynasty. Following the victory of Han over Chu after the collapse of Qin, Confucius’s thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known in the West as Confucianism.

Confucius is traditionally credited with having authored or edited many of the Chinese classic texts including all of the Five Classics, but modern scholars are cautious of attributing specific assertions to Confucius himself. Aphorisms concerning his teachings were compiled in the Analects, but only many years after his death.

Confucius’s principles had a basis in common Chinese tradition and belief. He championed strong family loyalty, ancestor veneration, and respect of elders by their children and of husbands by their wives. He also recommended family as a basis for ideal government. He espoused the well-known principle “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself”, the Golden Rule.

Confucius is also a traditional deity in Daoism.


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