Dao Companion to the Analects

  • Amy Olberding

Part of the Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy book series (DCCP, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Amy Olberding
    Pages 1-17
  3. Text and Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Tae Hyun Kim, Mark Csikszentmihalyi
      Pages 21-36
    3. John B. Henderson, On-Cho Ng
      Pages 37-53
    4. Yuet Keung Lo
      Pages 55-79
  4. The Conceptual Landscape

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Karyn Lai
      Pages 83-94
    3. Hagop Sarkissian
      Pages 95-116
    4. Hui Chieh Loy
      Pages 137-158
    5. Lisa Raphals
      Pages 159-170
    6. David B. Wong
      Pages 171-197
    7. Amy Olberding
      Pages 199-221
  5. Mapping the Landscape:Issues in Interpretation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Stephen C. Angle
      Pages 225-257
    3. Tongdong Bai
      Pages 293-310
    4. Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee
      Pages 311-334

About this book


This volume surveys the major philosophical concepts, arguments, and commitments of the Confucian classic, the Analects. In thematically organized chapters, leading scholars provide a detailed, scholarly introduction to the text and the signal ideas ascribed to its protagonist, Confucius. 

The volume opens with chapters that reflect the latest scholarship on the disputed origins of the text and an overview of the broad commentarial tradition it generated. These are followed by chapters that individually explore key areas of the text’s philosophical landscape, articulating both the sense of concepts such as ren, li, and xiao as well as their place in the wider space of the text. A  final section addresses prominent interpretive challenges and scholarly disputes in reading the Analects, evaluating, for example, the alignment between the Analects and contemporary moral theory and the contested nature of its religious sensibility. 

Dao Companion to the Analects offers a comprehensive and complete survey of the text's philosophical idiom and themes, as well as its history and some of the liveliest current debates surrounding it. This book is an ideal resource for both researchers and advanced students interested in gaining greater insight into one of the earliest and most influential Confucian classics.


Analects Analects of Confucius Commentarial Tradition Commentaries to the Analects Confucian behavioural propriety Confucian ethics Confucian role ethics Confucian tradition Confucianism Confucianism and feminism exemplary person hermeneutics of the Analects historical Confucius moral cultivation moral psychology moral self-cultivation moral theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Amy Olberding
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USANormanUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7113-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-7112-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-7113-0
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