The Four Books
The Basic Teachings of the Later Confucian Tradition
By (author) Daniel K. Gardner
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Four Books by Daniel K. Gardner
Book DescriptionIn this engaging volume, Daniel Gardner explains the way in which the Four Books-- Great Learning , Analects , Mencius , and Maintaining Perfect Balance --have been read and understood by the Chinese since the twelfth century. Selected passages in translation are accompanied by Gardner's comments, which incorporate selections from the commentary and interpretation of the renowned Neo-Confucian thinker, Zhu Xi (1130-1200). This study provides an ideal introduction to the basic texts in the Confucian tradition from the twelfth through the twentieth centuries. It guides the reader through Zhu Xi's influential interpretation of the Four Books, showing how Zhu, through the genre of commentary, gave new coherence and meaning to these foundational texts. Since the Four Books with Zhu Xi's commentary served as the basic textbook for Chinese schooling and the civil service examinations for more than seven hundred years, this book illustrates as well the nature of the standard Chinese educational curriculum.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780872208278
(215mm x 9mm x mm)
Imprint: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
Publish Date: 15-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United States
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Four Books, Paperback (October 2006)
Shows how the Four Books - "The Greater Learning", "The Analects", "The Mencius", and "The Doctrine of the Mean" - have been read and understood by the Chinese since the twelfth century. This book provides an introduction to the later imperial Confucian tradition; and introduces the reader to Zhu Xi's commentarial understanding of the Four Books.
Zhu XI's Reading of the 'Analects', Paperback (August 2003)» View all books by Daniel K. Gardner
A pioneering study of Zhu Xi's reading of the Analects, this book demonstrates how commentary is both informed by a text and informs future readings, and highlights the importance of interlinear commentary as a genre in Chinese philosophy.
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