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Confucianism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
By Daniel K. Gardner

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To understand China, it is essential to understand Confucianism. First formulated in the sixth century BCE, the teachings of Confucius would come to dominate Chinese society, politics, economics, and ethics. In this Very Short Introduction, Daniel K. Gardner explores the major philosophical ideas of the Confucian tradition, showing their profound impact on state ideology and imperial government, the civil service examination system, domestic life, and social relations over the course of twenty-six centuries. Gardner focuses on two of the Sage's most crucial philosophical problems-what makes for a good person, and what constitutes good government-and demonstrates the enduring significance of these questions today.

This volume shows the influence of the Sage's teachings over the course of Chinese history--on state ideology, the civil service examination system, imperial government, the family, and social relations--and the fate of Confucianism in China in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as China developed alongside a modernizing West and Japan. Some Chinese intellectuals attempted to reform the Confucian tradition to address new needs; others argued for jettisoning it altogether in favor of Western ideas and technology; still others condemned it angrily, arguing that Confucius and his legacy were responsible for China's feudal, ''backward'' conditions in the twentieth century and launching campaigns to eradicate its influences. Yet Chinese continue to turn to the teachings of Confucianism for guidance in their daily lives.

In addition to a survey of the philosophy and history of Confucianism, Gardner offers an examination of the resurgence of Confucianism in China today, and explores what such a revival means for the Chinese government and the Chinese people.

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Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.
Confucianism and the Succession Crisis of the Wanli Emperor, 1587 (Reacting to the Past)
By Daniel K. Gardner

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Part of the Reacting to the Past series, Confucianism and the Succession Crisis of the Wanli Emperor brings to life the suppleness and power of Confucian thought.

The game is set in the Hanlin Academy in Ming dynasty China. Most students are members of the Grand Secretariat of the Hanlin Academy, the body of top-ranking graduates of the civil service examination who serve as advisers to the Wanli emperor. Some Grand Secretaries are Confucian “purists,” who hold that tradition obliges the emperor to name his first-born son as successor; others, in support of the most senior of the Grand Secretaries, maintain that it is within the emperor’s right to choose his successor; and still others, as they decide this matter among many issues confronting the empire, continue to scrutinize the teachings of Confucianism for guidance. The game unfolds amidst the secrecy and intrigue within the walls of the Forbidden City, as scholars struggle to apply Confucian precepts to a dynasty in peril.

Reacting to the Past is a series of historical role-playing games that explore important ideas by re-creating the contexts that shaped them. Students are assigned roles, informed by classic texts, set in particular moments of intellectual and social ferment. 

An award-winning active-learning pedagogy, Reacting to the Past improves speaking, writing, and leadership skills, promotes engagement with classic texts and history, and builds learning communities. Reacting can be used across the curriculum, from the first-year general education class to “capstone” experiences. A Reacting game can also function as the discussion component of lecture classes, or it can be enlisted for intersession courses, honors programs, and other specialized curricular purposes.

Confucianism: Its Roots and Global Significance (Confucian Cultures)
By Ming-huei Lee

University of Hawaii Press
Released: 2017-12-05
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“In Confucianism: Its Roots and Global Significance, English-language readers get a rare opportunity to read in a single volume the work of one of Taiwan’s most distinguished scholars. Although Ming-huei Lee has published in English before, the corpus of his non-Chinese writings is in German. Readers of this volume will soon discover the hard-mindedness and precision of thinking so associated with German philosophy as they enter into his discussions of Confucianism. As readers progress through this book, they will be constantly reminded that all philosophy should be truly comparative. . . .

“The work is divided into three sections: Classical Confucianism and Its Modern Reinterpretations, Neo-Confucianism in China and Korea, and Ethics and Politics. These sections evince just some of the range of Ming-huei Lee’s thinking as well as his inclusive reach of Confucian philosophy to the whole of East Asia, especially to Korea. In the Ethics and Politics section, readers will get a taste for the return to his own tradition through the lens of Kantian philosophy with his analysis of Confucius and the virtue ethics debate in Confucian philosophical circles. Lee’s thinking through Mou Zongsan’s interpretation of Confucianism, Zhu Xi and the Huxiang scholars’ debate on ren, and the unfolding of the debates over the 'four buddings' and 'seven feelings' in Korea by Yi Toegye and Gi Gobong sets up the subsequent chapters of the book: a reconstruction of Wang Yangming’s philosophy and theories of democracy, and a critique of Jiang Qing’s 'political Confucianism.' His work in this book adds a sizable appendage to Confucian scholarship. Moreover, the interrelated ideas and arguments presented in this book are a special contribution to the Confucian project in English-speaking countries across the world.” —from the Editor’s Foreword

An Introduction to Confucianism (Introduction to Religion)
By Xinzhong Yao

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Taking into account the long history and wide range of Confucian Studies, this book introduces Confucianism - initiated in China by Confucius (551 BC-479 BC) - primarily as a philosophical and religious tradition. It pays attention to Confucianism in both the West and the East, focussing on the tradition's doctrines, schools, rituals, sacred places and terminology, but also stressing the adaptations, transformations and new thinking taking place in modern times. Xinzhong Yao presents Confucianism as a tradition with many dimensions and as an ancient tradition with contemporary appeal. This gives the reader a richer and clearer view of how Confucianism functioned in the past and of what it means in the present. A Chinese scholar based in the West, he draws together the many strands of Confucianism in a style accessible to students, teachers, and general readers interested in one of the world's major religious traditions.
Confucianism (Ancient Philosophies)
By Paul R. Goldin

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This book presents a concise, balanced overview of China’s oldest and most revered philosophy. In clear, straightforward language, Paul R. Goldin explores how Confucianism was conceived and molded by its earliest masters, discusses its main tenets, and considers its history and relevance for the modern world. Goldin guides readers through the philosophies of the three major classical Confucians―Confucius, Mencius, and Xunzi―as well as two short anonymous treatises, the “Great Learning” and the “Classic of Filial Piety.” He also discusses some of the main Neo-Confucian philosophers and outlines transformations Confucianism has undergone in the past century.
Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction
By Stephen C. Angle

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Neo-Confucianism is a philosophically sophisticated tradition weaving classical Confucianism together with themes from Buddhism and Daoism. It began in China around the eleventh century CE, played a leading role in East Asian cultures over the last millennium, and has had a profound influence on modern Chinese society.

Based on the latest scholarship but presented in accessible language, Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction is organized around themes that are central in Neo-Confucian philosophy, including the structure of the cosmos, human nature, ways of knowing, personal cultivation, and approaches to governance. The authors thus accomplish two things at once: they present the Neo-Confucians in their own, distinctive terms; and they enable contemporary readers to grasp what is at stake in the great Neo-Confucian debates.

This novel structure gives both students and scholars in philosophy, religion, history, and cultural studies a new window into one of the world's most important philosophical traditions.
Confucianisms for a Changing World Cultural Order (Confucian Cultures)
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In a single generation, the rise of Asia has precipitated a dramatic sea change in the world’s economic and political orders. This reconfiguration is taking place amidst a host of deepening global predicaments, including climate change, migration, increasing inequalities of wealth and opportunity, that cannot be resolved by purely technical means or by seeking recourse in a liberalism that has of late proven to be less than effective. The present work critically explores how the pan-Asian phenomenon of Confucianism offers alternative values and depths of ethical commitment that cross national and cultural boundaries to provide a new response to these challenges.

When searching for resources to respond to the world’s problems, we tend to look to those that are most familiar: Single actors pursuing their own self-interests in competition or collaboration with other players. As is now widely appreciated, Confucian culture celebrates the relational values of deference and interdependence—that is, relationally constituted persons are understood as embedded in and nurtured by unique, transactional patterns of relations. This is a concept of person that contrasts starkly with the discrete, self-determining individual, an artifact of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Western European approaches to modernization that has become closely associated with liberal democracy.

Examining the meaning and value of Confucianism in the twenty-first century, the contributors—leading scholars from universities around the world—wrestle with several key questions: What are Confucian values within the context of the disparate cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam? What is their current significance? What are the limits and historical failings of Confucianism and how are these to be critically addressed? How must Confucian culture be reformed if it is to become relevant as an international resource for positive change? Their answers vary, but all agree that only a vital and critical Confucianism will have relevance for an emerging world cultural order.

Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism: The Ultimate Collected Works of 68 Books (With Active Table of Contents)
By Buddha, Confucius, Zhuangzi & Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

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This modest collection of Eastern philosophy and religion contains the following books with book and chapter links in the table of contents:

BUDDHISM:
SUTRAS:
Amitayurdhyana Sutra

THE HEART SUTRA

SUTRA OF TRANSCENDENTAL WISDOM

AMITABHA SUTRA: THE SMALLER SUKHAVATI-VYUHA

THE SUTRA OF THE FORTY-TWO SECTIONS

SUTRA OF THE SIXTH PATRIARCH

THE LANKAVATARA SUTRA

THE DIAMOND SUTRA

THE INFINITE LIFE SUTRA: LARGER SUKHAVATIVYUHA SUTRA

THE LOTUS SUTRA: Saddharma-Pundarika

OTHER CLASSICS:

MANUAL OF ZEN BUDDHISM

MYSTICISM: CHRISTIAN AND BUDDHIST

SHE-RAB DONG-BU OR PRAJNYA DANDA

The Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana Doctrine: The New Buddhism

THE BOOK OF THE GREAT DECEASE: MAHA-PARINIBBANA-SUTTA.

Gleanings in Buddha-Fields: STUDIES OF HAND AND SOUL IN THE FAR EAST

FIVE JATAKAS, CONTAINING A FAIRY TALE, A COMICAL STORY, AND THREE FABLES

BUDDHISM IN TRANSLATIONS

THE BUDDHIST PSALMS

THE BUDDHIST CATECHISM

THE GOSPEL OF BUDDHA

THE GATELESS GATE

ZEN FOR AMERICANS: Sermons of a Buddhist Abbot, Addresses on religious subjects

THE DHAMMAPADA

THE FOUNDATION OF THE KINGDOM OF RIGHTEOUSNESS: DHAMMA-KAKKA-PPAVATTANA-SUTTA

THE LIFE OF BUDDHA: According to the Legends of Ancient India

THE PATH OF LIGHT: A MANUAL OF MAHAYANA BUDDHISM

The Questions of King Milinda


CONFUCIANISM:

BOOKS BY CONFUCIUS:

The Life of Confucius

Confucian Analects

The Great Learning

The Doctrine of the Mean

The Ethics of Confucius: The Sayings of the Master and his Disciples upon the Conduct of “The Superior Man”

BOOKS BY MENCIUS:

The Life of Mencius

King Hwuy of Leang

Kung-sun Ch‘ow

T‘ang Wan Kung

Le Low

Kaou-tsze

Tsin Sin

Wan Chang

OTHER CLASSICS:

The Shu King Or Book of Historical Documents, the Religious Portions of the Shih King and the Hsiao King

THE SHIH KING OR BOOK OF POETRY: ALL THE PIECES AND STANZAS IN IT ILLUSTRATING THE RELIGIOUS VIEWS AND PRACTICES OF THE WRITERS AND THEIR TIMES.

The Shi King, the Old Poetry Classic of the Chinese.

The Li ki

THE HSIAO KING OR CLASSIC OF FILIAL PIETY


TAOISM:

Taoist Teachings From The Book of Lieh Tzu

The Canon of Reason and Virtue (Laozi's Tao Te Ching)

THE CH‘IH WEN TUNG

THE CH‘ING CHING CHING

THE CLASSIC OF PURITY AND STILLNESS

A CHAPTER FROM THE HUNG LIEH CHUAN,

T'ai-Shang Kan-Ying P'ien: Treatise of the Exalted One on Response and Retribution

TAO THE GREAT LUMINANT: ESSAYS FROM HUAI NAN TZU

MUSINGS OF A CHINESE MYSTIC: SELECTIONS FROM THE PHILOSOPHY OF CHUANG TZU

THE T‘AI HSI CHING

THE TA T‘UNG CHING

ZHUANGZI

THE YIN FU CHING

YANG CHU'S GARDEN OF PLEASURE

Yin Chih Wen: The Tract of the Quiet Way

THE KAN YING PIEN

Yu Shu King or The Classic of the Pivot of Jade

THE HSIN YIN CHING

THE STONE TABLET IN THE TEMPLE OF LAO-DZE

THE SU SHU

Zah Yung King or Classic of the Directory for a Day

Yin Fu King or Classic of the Harmony of the Seen and the Unseen
The Complete Confucius: The Analects, The Doctrine Of The Mean, and The Great Learning with an Introduction by Nicholas Tamblyn
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Confucius is one of our very best thinkers, a model for living a self-aware and virtuous life. "The Complete Confucius: The Analects, The Doctrine Of The Mean, and The Great Learning," brings together the most important Confucian texts with an introduction by Nicholas Tamblyn, and is part of The Essential Series by Golding Books.

Confucius lived from 551–479 BC. The principles he espoused largely reflected the values and traditions in China at the time. Rather than create a formal theory, Confucius desired that his disciples study, learning and mastering the classic older texts, and affirmed that the superior person seeks and loves learning for the sake of learning, and righteousness for the sake of righteousness.

Confucianism is the cornerstone of Eastern philosophy and religion (and, similarly, Chinese and Asian philosophy and their subsequent vital influence on Western philosophy). It is a key part of religious studies and in developing an understanding of classical philosophy and its impact on modern philosophy. The sayings of Confucius (and discussions with his disciples) provide wisdom for those exploring religion and philosophy, but also in related areas such as spirituality, meditation, politics, and one's personal and public duties in society.

A NOTE ON THE ANALECTS.—The Analects are a compilation of speeches by and conversations between Confucius and his disciples. Believed to have been written during China's Warring States period (475 BC–221 BC), and then finalized during the mid-Han dynasty (206 BC–220 AD), it is a collection of sayings and ideas that have a foremost position in the history and study of philosophy across the world.

A NOTE ON THE DOCTRINE OF THE MEAN.—From The Book of Rites, this chapter known as The Doctrine of the Mean is attributed to Confucius' only grandson, Zisi (also known as Kong Ji). Its purpose is to show how the golden way is the means to gain perfect virtue, and that following the heavenly instructions of the Way will lead to the virtuous path trodden by others before, including Confucius. The phrase "doctrine of the mean" ("zhōng yōng") first occurs in Chapter 6 of The Analects; its definition is not expanded on there, but Zisi's text seeks to examine its meaning in greater detail.

A NOTE ON THE GREAT LEARNING.—Also one chapter in The Book of Rites, this writing is attributed to Confucius. In that book, his writing is accompanied by nine commentary chapters by his disciple Zeng Zi. The Great Learning explores, in beautiful and scriptural-sounding language, the linked themes of self-cultivation, enquiry and examination, and their impacts upon leadership and government. Each of the texts in this book—with Mencius, the collected conversations of that scholar with various kings—together comprise the four of the Four Books and Five Classics of Confucianism written in China before 300 BC.

The Analects of Confucius (from the Chinese Classics)
By Confucius

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