This volume surveys the major philosophical concepts, arguments, and commitments of the Confucian classic, the Analects. In thematically organized chapters, leading scholars provide a detailed, scholarly introduction to the text and the signal ideas ascribed to its protagonist, Confucius.
The volume opens with chapters that reflect the latest scholarship on the disputed origins of the text and an overview of the broad commentarial tradition it generated. These are followed by chapters that individually explore key areas of the text’s philosophical landscape, articulating both the sense of concepts such as ren, li, and xiao as well as their place in the wider space of the text. A final section addresses prominent interpretive challenges and scholarly disputes in reading the Analects, evaluating, for example, the alignment between the Analects and contemporary moral theory and the contested nature of its religious sensibility.
Dao Companion to the Analects offers a comprehensive and complete survey of the text's philosophical idiom and themes, as well as its history and some of the liveliest current debates surrounding it. This book is an ideal resource for both researchers and advanced students interested in gaining greater insight into one of the earliest and most influential Confucian classics.
Table of Contents:
1. Introduction, Amy Olberding.
- Part I Text and Context.-
2. History and Formation of the Analects, Tae Hyun Kim and Mark Csikszentmihalyi.-
3. The Commentarial Tradition, John B. Henderson and On-Cho Ng.-
4. Confucius and His Communit, Yuet Keung Lo.
- Part II The Conceptual Landscape.-
5. Ren 仁: An Exemplary Life, Karyn Lai.-
6. Ritual and Rightness in the Analect, Hagop Sarkissian.-
7. Family Reverence (xiao 孝) in the Analects:
Confucian Role Ethics and the Dynamics of Intergenerational Transmission, Roger T. Ames and Henry Rosemont Jr..-
8. Language and Ethics in the Analects, Hui Chieh Loy.-
9. Uprightness, Indirection, Transparency, Lisa Raphals.-
10. Cultivating the Self in Concert with Others, David B. Wong.-
11. Perspectives on Moral Failure in the Analects, Amy Olberding.
- Part III Mapping the Landscape: Issues in Interpretation.-
12. The Analects and Moral Theory, Stephen C. Angle.-
13. Religious Thought and Practice in the Analects, Erin M. Cline.-
14. The Analects and Forms of Governance, Tongdong Bai.-
15. Why Care? A Feminist Re-appropriation of Confucian Xiao 孝, Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee.-
16. Balancing Conservatism and Innovation: The Pragmatic Analects, Sor-hoon Tan.
- Index Locorum.