By Henry Rosemont Jr.
During this little booklet, Confucian student and thinker Henry Rosemont, Jr. has summarized 40 years of expertise learning, translating, and educating the Analects. For crucial cross-referencing of textual passages in differing translations, Rosemont presents tables of variation spellings of chinese language phrases, a discovering record for college students named within the textual content, a concordance of key philosophical and spiritual phrases, and an annotated bibliography to steer the reader's additional experiences and reflections at the textual content.
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First, the ceremony is highly ritualized (more on this in the following chapter). Second, it is celebratory. The clan has gathered for a communal ancestral sacrifice, in this case marking the anniversary of the patriarchal ancestor’s death. 1057/9781137303394 46 Reader’s Companion to the Confucian Analects feelings are aesthetic and social no less than familial and religious. These ancestral observances are at the heart of Confucian perspectives on the li (ritual) and consequently are central to early Confucian spirituality.
A few examples of the naturalness of “realize” for zhi: Children must realize (zhi) the age of their parents. On the one hand it is a source of joy, on the other, of fear. 19) “At fifty, I realized (zhi) the propensities of tian. 4) To make real, however, to put into practice, is not enough; we must have the proper stance and feelings toward what we are making real in our conduct. 8): The Master said: “xiao lies in showing the proper countenance. As for the young contributing their energies when there is work to be done, and deferring to their elders when there is wine and food to be had—how can merely doing these things be considered xiao?
But I believe readers will profit more from the Analects if zhi as “realize” is understood as more closely akin to knowing how, knowing about or knowing to; most of the Master’s use of language is best appreciated if, following Chad Hansen, we see it as praxis-guiding verbal behavior. On this interpretation, most of what the Master says to his students should be read as imperatives, despite the declarative syntactic structure that must be imposed on many of his “sentences” when they are rendered into English.
A Reader’s Companion to the Confucian Analects by Henry Rosemont Jr.