Confucius - The Analects of Confucius

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  • The Analects of Confucius

    Nov 2, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: easy to follow the analects, open to interpretation
    Cons: not enough background information for beginners, hard to follow some texts.

    Summary: "Chi Wen Tzu used to think thrice before acting. The Master hearing of it said, Twice is quite enough." -Book 5, Analect 19 This book was a requirement for one of my classes. Having never encountered anything dealing with ... read more

  • Solid translation, a little poorly organized

    Jun 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Smooth, contemporary translation
    Cons: Endnotes are wasted without references to them

    Summary: This translation of the Analects is fresh and lively for the most part, but it can't settle on a single consistent translation for the paramount Confucian virtue, ren, which I believe weakens it substantially. It flip-flops between ... read more

  • The best translation available

    Jun 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Extensive documentation, smooth reading, faithful translation
    Cons: A bit old-fashioned

    Summary: Arthur Waley's translation of the Analects of Confucius is the best on the market, particularly for those unfamiliar with Confucius' philosophy. The text is footnoted extensively, key concepts are explained in great depth, and the essence of Confucius' ... read more

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