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The Analects: A Guide

Erin M. Cline


The Analects (Lunyu) is not only a collection of the teachings of Kongzi (Confucius) that describes how to follow the Way; it is a sacred text. This book examines why we ought to regard the Analects as a sacred text and what it means to do so. It explores what distinguishes sacred texts from other texts, and explores the history of the Analects and how it has been regarded in the Chinese tradition and in East Asia more broadly, from its composition and compilation to the evolution of its enduring status and influence. It also examines the content of the Analects concerning the sacred, includin ... More

Keywords: sacred, religion, Confucianism, Confucian spirituality, Confucius, Kongzi, Analects, Lunyu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190863111
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190863111.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erin M. Cline, author
Paul J. and Chandler M. Tagliabue Distinguished Professor in Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, Georgetown University