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📙 Confucius & Confucianism: The Essentials by Lee Dian Rainey(auth.) — download pdf


This comprehensive introduction explores the life and teachings of Confucius, and development of Confucian thought, from ancient times to the present today.

  • Demonstrates the wisdom and enduring relevance of Confucius’s teachings – drawing parallels between our 21st century society and that of China 2,500 years ago, where government corruption, along with social, economic, and technical changes, led thinkers to examine human nature and society
  • Draws on the latest research and incorporates interpretations of Confucius and his works by Chinese and Western scholars throughout the centuries
  • Explores how Confucius's followers expanded and reinterpreted his ideas after his death, and how this process has continued throughout Chinese history
  • Seamlessly links Confucius with our modern age, revealing how his teachings have  become the basis of East Asian culture and influenced the West
Content:
Chapter 1 Confucius' World and His Life (pages 1–22):
Chapter 2 Confucius' Teachings I: The Foundation of a Good Person (pages 23–44):
Chapter 3 Confucius' Teachings II: The Foundation of a Good Society and Other Topics (pages 45–62):
Chapter 4 Terms, and Mozi (pages 63–74):
Chapter 5 Opponents (pages 75–86):
Chapter 6 Mencius (pages 87–104):
Chapter 7 Xunzi (pages 105–118):
Chapter 8 Confucians, “Confucian” Texts, and the Qin Dynasty (pages 119–131):
Chapter 9 The Han Dynasty, 206 BCE–220 CE1 (pages 132–145):
Chapter 10 From the Han to the Tang Dynasties, 220–907 CE (pages 146–158):
Chapter 11 Neo?Confucianism (pages 159–175):
Chapter 12 Confucianism and Modernity (pages 176–191):
Chapter 13 Issues (pages 192–206):

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