Confucianism: An Introduction

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It is arguably Confucianism, not Communism, which lies at the core of China's deepest sense of self. Although reviled by Chinese intellectuals of the 1950s-1990s, who spoke of it as 'yellow silt clotting the arteries of the country', Confucianism has defied eradication, remaining a fundamental part of the nation's soul for 2500 years. And now, as China assumes greater ascendancy on the world economic stage, it is making a strong comeback as a pragmatic philosophy of personal as well as corporate transformation, popular in home, boardroom and in current political discussion. What is this complex system of ideology that stems from the teachings of a remarkable man called Confucius (Kongzi), who lived in the distant sixth century BCE? Though he left no writings of his own, the oral teachings recorded by the founder's disciples in the 'Analects' left a profound mark on later Chinese politics and governance. They outline a system of social cohesiveness dependent upon personal virtue and self-control.
For Confucius, society's harmony relied upon the appropriate behaviour of each individual within the social hierarchy; and its emphasis on practical ethics has led many to think of Confucianism as a secular philosophy rather than a religion. In this new, comprehensive introduction, Ronnie Littlejohn argues rather that Confucianism is profoundly spiritual, and must be treated as such. He offers full coverage of the tradition's sometimes neglected metaphysics, as well as its varied manifestations in education, art, literature and culture.

 

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The World into which Confucius Came
1
What Confucius Taught the Analects
17
The Formation of Classical Confucianism
39
Confucian Ascendancy in the Han Dynasty
61
Blending Confucianism with Other Worldviews
81
Confucianism and Challenges from a Foreign
101
The Renaissance Period of Confucianism
115
Conversations with Master Zhu
133
Confucianism in New Homes and New Hearts
155
The Contemporary Period
175
A Quick Guide to Pronunciation
189
Glossary of Titles
195
Notes
205
Index
227
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Ronnie L. Littlejohn is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Asian Studies, Belmont University, Nashville. He is the author of Daoism: An Introduction (I.B.Tauris, 2009) and co-edited, with Jeffrey Dippmann, Riding the Wind: New Essays on the Daoist Classic, the Liezi (also 2009).

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