In this little book, Confucian scholar and philosopher Henry Rosemont, Jr. has summarized forty years of experience studying, translating, and teaching the Analects. For essential cross-referencing of textual passages in differing translations, Rosemont provides tables of variant spellings of Chinese terms, a finding list for students named in the text, a concordance of key philosophical and religious terms, and an annotated bibliography to guide the reader's further studies and reflections on the text.
The late Henry Rosemont Jr. was a visiting scholar in the Religious Studies Department at Brown University.
“The beauty of this work is that, unlike many traditional lengthy and minutely detailed texts addressed to scholars, Rosemont’s A Reader’s Companion to the Confucian Analects is simple in style, clear and concise, and interesting in its own right." —Herbert Fingarette, author of Confucius: The Secular as Sacred
“This marvelous little book describes itself as a ‘preface or prolegomena’ to the Analects, but it is much more than that. Rosemont invites readers to consider the text both as a window into Classical China and a mirror into ourselves, to deepen our self-knowledge and continue the spiritual task of self-cultivation.” —Marthe Chandler, DePauw University
“[A Reader’s Companion to the Confucian Analects] is aimed at situating the reader with no experience of Chinese texts, enabling them to understand the unique style, concepts, and central issues of the Analects.” —Alexus McLeod, University of Dayton
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