Analects of Confucius Philosophy Essay

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Confucius was a Chinese philosopher and his thought is referred as Analects of Confucius composing of his ideas and sayings. For over thousand years after his death, his thought was still relevant in the Chinese thought. Confucius was born in 551 a couple of centuries before Socrates taught ethics and logic. Confucius was being identified as the Chinese first teacher whose his ideas had been implemented in several countries in Eastern Asia that include Korea, Vietnam, Japan and Western civilization. The Analects is the selected sayings and ideas of Confucius, which he used to preach his philosophical thoughts. The Analects composed of more than 500 independent passages, which were divided into 20 books, and some of these books had separate bundles with the dominated themes.

There are a group of the key contexts in the books that consist of Ren, Junzi, and Li. The literary meaning of Ren is revered as the comprehensive ethical value that composes of goodness, benevolence, and humaneness. However, the concept Junzi denotes ideal ethical value and capable individual. It also means power holder in its original sense. Dao is referred as self-perfection, art and self-transformation. Moreover, Tian is a concept that is referred as the supreme deity that is often referred as Heaven. The concept Virtue is related to charismatic ideas from gift-giving and power. It is also referred as moral action and self-possession. The pattern in the book is referred as personal conduct and decoration.
"The Analects of Confucius" is still relevant in the present business, social and political environment because many successful leaders in China and East Asia still use the Confucius leadership styles and teaching to train their subordinates. Increasing number of political and business leaders have inculcated moral and ethical values in the business practice. Moreover, the teaching of Confucius is still integrated into the ethics taught in the institution of higher learnings globally.

"The Analects of Confucius"

"The Analects of Confucius" (Eno 1) were the Chinese ideas and sayings that were written 500 BC, which was traditionally attributed to ideas of Confucius. However, his students wrote much of the actual texts over time spanning between 30 and 50 years after his death. While the exact date of the publication of The Analects in the Chinese language is not known, and Lu and Qi versions were the versions known today.
Zhang Yu, which was the teacher of Emperor Cheng compiled this version "towards the end of the Western Han Dynasty." (Eno 1). Thus, this version became known as "the Marquis Zhang Analects." (Eno 1). Essentially, the Analects has influenced the Chinese philosophical and moral values as well as the values of the Eastern Asia. Over several centuries, the texts have been regarded as the Chinese fundamental study for more than two thousand years. During Sui Dynasty, the government initiated the candidate ability to apply the Confucian logic and philosophy.

"The Analects of Confucius" (Eno 1) is a collection of ideas and sayings attributed to Chinese philosophers named Confucius and his Disciples. Thus, the author of the book is Confucius and his Disciples, and the book is written between 475 BC -211 BC during the period of Warring States. However, since the book was written in a Chinese language, Robert Eno translated the book into English, and was first translated into English in 1990. However, Robert Eno translated the book in 2003 and was revised in 2012 and 2015.

The book composes of the song dynasty between 960 and 1279 and recognized as "Four Book." The Analects is one of the most widely studied books and read in China within the last 2,000 years. The book still has a substantial influence on the Chinese and Asian thought, which is still valued till today. Moreover, Confucianism thought influences the Chinese moral values.

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The context of the "Analects of Confucius" (Eno 1) is based on anthology presenting the Confucius philosophical woes and his disciples. His disciples identified Confucius as a man and recounting events of his life. After Confucius died in 479 BCE, his immediate disciples assembled his works that reflected the ideas of his work. Part of the context of the book is titled Lunyu that is referred as conversation. Modern scholars believe that the text has joined together over two or three centuries, which has been believed to be the reliable record of….....

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