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The Analects

by Confucius

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The Analects of Confucius gathers the teachings or aphorisms of the Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479 BC). He discusses the morality of government and the individual, social relationships, justice and sincerity. The philosophical movement of Confucianism sprang from the study of these writings.
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 Philosophy and Theory: Three Chinese classics18 unread / 18CosmicMiddleChild, March 2023

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Gather around, philosophy enthusiasts, because "The Analects" is like Confucius dropping wisdom like it's hot, and let me tell you, he's the OG philosopher with a side of ancient sass!

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  pools_of_words | Jan 30, 2024 |
i think the way to make this work is:

1) understand "ritual" as not the specific set of ancient chinese customs that kongzi reveres nor any set of traditional customs, but any kind of ritualized prayer / moral action that is done not with or without intention, but with as little effort and as much importance to life as breathing such that ur disposition finds a kind of peace. it seems that ritual is so important for kongzi is practice for the restraint and distance from the immediacy of a situation that allows for quick and effortless moral thinking. whether or not kongzi would agree is completely irrelevant; i cannot stand his bellyaching about the politics and youth of his day and this reads like he is attached to his own traditions in particular, though he does say the internal disposition they bring about is more important than anything else

2) expand filiality so that there is a supreme one to HEAVEN. which only means that nonsense like 4.18 goes away. this alone lifts kongzi out of what is a surprisingly strong, occasionally beautiful social morality (its sociality at times violates the sacred unknowability etc that kongzi claims of his way) and into something religious

anyway this guy is too culturally conservative for my liking, and his emphasis on ritual and filiality seems counterproductive to me ( )
  windowlight | Oct 10, 2023 |
Interesting, in parts. Elsewhere... confusing. Elsewhere... boring and re-re-repetitive.

The Analects is collection of aphorisms, fragmentary historical references, fragmentary literary references, and the occasional pearl of wisdom. On the one hand I find it hard to see how it has the status that it does, as a major work of philosophy. On the other hand, I see how, in attempting to piece together meaning and wisdom from the bits and saying here, it could take on that status: though one is forced to wonder, then, how much of Confucian wisdom is the reader's and how much was Master K'ung's.

Do not expect anything like a system per se. And be prepared for a incredible level of conservative pointing back to what, especially for an American reader unfamiliar with (now ancient) Chinese culture, is at best a dim outline. I've heard Confucius compared to Jesus, and that may actually be the more apt comparison, ignoring the mystical/religious part of Jesus: there is much moral and esoteric advice, but nothing like a philosophical system, metaphysics, physics , etc. ( )
  dcunning11235 | Aug 12, 2023 |
Compilado de máximas e ensinamentos curtos do mestre Confúcio, 500 anos A.C., tratando da conduta própria e justa, virtuosa porque comedida, atenta aos outros, reverente aos antigos, sincera, leal à família, estimadora dos amigos, inspiradora nas ações mais que nas palavras, valorosa dos rituais, e compremetida com o desprendimento apenas em uma medida prática, que acredita em um governo que deve dar exemplo e inspirar a correta conduta por meio de suas posições. ( )
  henrique_iwao | Aug 30, 2022 |
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  GoshenMAHistory | Apr 11, 2022 |
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1. The Master said, 'Is it not a pleasure, having learned something, to try it out at due intervals? Is it not a joy to have friends come from afar? Is it not gentlemanly not to take offense when others fail to appreciate your abilities?'
The Master said: "To learn, and then, in its due season, put what you have learned into practice—isn't that still a great pleasure?" (Hinton translation)
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