The Analects of Confucius (Book published February 25, 1976


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Author  Confucius
Publisher  The Easton Press
Publication Date   February 25, 1976
Pages  130

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Colector's Edition Bound in Genuine Leather. This is a book originally sold by The Easton Press, 47 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06857 as part of its "100 Greatest Books Ever Written Collector's Edition" collection which then evolved into "The Greatest Books Ever Written" collection. Many of the books carry a 1979 copyright but may have been printed in different years with different cover art. This is a leather-bound volume featuring 22kt gold accents, illustrations, moire fabric endsheets, gilded page ends, and a satin-ribbon page marker. The Analects literally: "Edited Conversations," is a collection of sayings and ideas attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius and his contemporariesIt is believed to have been written during the Warring States period (475-221 BC. The Analects has been one of the most widely read and studied books in China for the last 2,000 years, and continues to have a substantial influence on Chinese and East Asian thought and values today. Confucius believed that the welfare of a country depended on the moral cultivation of its people, beginning from the nation's leadership. He believed that individuals could begin to cultivate an all-encompassing sense of virtue through ren, and that the most basic step to cultivating ren was devotion to one's parents and older siblings. He taught that one's individual desires do not need to be suppressed, but that people should be educated to reconcile their desires via rituals and forms of propriety, through which people could demonstrate their respect for others and their responsible roles in society. He taught that a ruler's sense of virtue was his primary prerequisite for leadership.

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