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Best Confucius Books That You Need

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Confucius books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

The Analects (Penguin Classics) (1979)

 Best Confucius Books That You NeedThe Analects are a collection of Confucius’s sayings brought together by his pupils shortly after his death in 497 BC. Together they express a philosophy, or a moral code, by which Confucius, one of the most humane thinkers of all time, believed everyone should live.
Author(s): Confucius, D. C. Lau

Analects: With Selections from Traditional Commentaries (Hackett Classics) (2003)

 Best Confucius Books That You NeedThis edition goes beyond others that largely leave readers to their own devices in understanding this cryptic work, by providing an entrée into the text that parallels the traditional Chinese way of approaching it: alongside Slingerland’s exquisite rendering of the work are his translations of a selection of classic Chinese commentaries that shed light on difficult passages, provide historical and cultural context,…
Author(s): Confucius, Edward Slingerland

The Analects (Penguin Classics) (2014)

 Best Confucius Books That You NeedThe book that the Chinese have returned to repeatedly for reflection, renewal, and validation of their own views, The Analects was compiled by the disciples of Confucius, China’s earliest teacher and moral thinker, from his remarks and his conversations with rulers, political operators, and people he happened to meet.
Author(s): Confucius, Annping Chin

The Analects (Oxford World’s Classics) (2008)

 Best Confucius Books That You NeedFew individuals have shaped their country’s civilization more profoundly than the Master Kong, better-known as Confucius (551-479 BC). His sayings and those of his disciples form the foundation of a distinct social, ethical, and intellectual system.
Author(s): Confucius, Raymond Dawson

10-Minute Philosophy: From Buddhism to Stoicism, Confucius and Aristotle – Bite-Sized Wisdom From Some of History’s Greatest Thinkers (2019)

 Best Confucius Books That You NeedIf we can cut through the difficult language and roundabout reasoning, we’ll find a treasure trove of knowledge and enlightenment. But don’t worry, . is your quick introduction to philosophy – 6 of the most influential philosophies in history, to be exact. You’ll get a taste of the complexities, but walk away with real, practical advice to improve your life. Philosophy doesn’t need to be an ambiguous thought exercise; this book seeks to make it educational and useful.
Author(s): Patrick King

The Analects (Translated by James Legge with an Introduction by Lionel Giles) (2017)

 Best Confucius Books That You NeedConfucius was a Chinese teacher, statesman, and philosopher who lived in the 5th and 6th century BC. One of the most influential philosophers of all time, and still deeply regarded amongst the Chinese people, his ideology is one which emphasizes the importance of the family, as well as justice, sincerity, and morality in both personal and political matters. Confucius did not regard himself as an innovator, but as the conservator of ancient truth and ceremonial propriety.
Author(s): Confucius, James Legge, et al.

The Analects of Confucius: A Philosophical Translation (Classics of Ancient China) (1999)

 Best Confucius Books That You Need"To quietly persevere in storing up what is learned, to continue studying without respite, to instruct others without growing weary–is this not me?"–ConfuciusConfucius is recognized as China’s first and greatest teacher, and his ideas have been the fertile soil in which the Chinese cultural tradition has flourished.
Author(s): Roger T. Ames, Henry Rosemont Jr.

Confucius from the Heart: Ancient Wisdom for Today’s World (2013)

 Best Confucius Books That You NeedAs one of Chinas’s all-time bestsellers, “Confucius from the Heart” unveils the wisdom of “The Analects,” a major text of Confucian philosophy that has dominated Chinas’s intellectual and spiritual culture for more than two millenia. Yu Dan helps readers attain spiritual happiness and harmony. Her simple, conversational prose finally makes the ancient wisdom of Confucius accessible to all, ultimately unveiling the immense value of Confucian teachings.
Author(s): Yu Dan

Confucius Lives Next Door: What Living in the East Teaches Us About Living in the West (2000)

 Best Confucius Books That You Need"Fascinatingclearly stated, interesting and provoking. A plainspoken account of living in Asia."  –San Francisco ChronicleAnyone who has heard his weekly commentary on NPR knows that T. R.
Author(s): T.R. Reid

Best Confucius Books That You Need

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The Worship of Confucius in Japan

Author(s): James McMullen
ID: 2671666, Publisher: Harvard University Asia Center, Year: 2020, Size: 8 Mb, Format: pdf

Timelines of Everyone: From Cleopatra and Confucius to Mozart and Malala

Author(s): DK, Smithsonian
ID: 2765285, Publisher: DK Children, Year: 2020, Size: 106 Mb, Format: pdf

The Worship of Confucius in Japan: Appendices

Author(s): James McMullen
ID: 2776883, Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2020, Size: 130 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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