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The Analects: A Guide$
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Erin M. Cline

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780190863111

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190863111.001.0001

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Particular Issues and Interpretations

Particular Issues and Interpretations

Voices from the Margins and Enduring Influence

(p.159) 6 Particular Issues and Interpretations
The Analects: A Guide

Erin M. Cline

Oxford University Press

The Analects contains only scattered references to women and competing schools of thought, but these passages are worthy of close study. This chapter examines what the Analects says about women, and questions traditional understandings of Nanzi in 6.28, arguing that recent scholarship on women in sacred texts from other traditions, such as Mary Magdalene in the Bible, can assist us in our study of such passages. It then explores how the earliest critics of the Analects responded to Kongzi’s teachings, showing how he was as a catalyst for a variety of views in early China. It also examines some of the ways the Analects continues to be influential today as a sacred text, through practices at Confucian temples, popular writings and television programs, widely shared beliefs and practices, and changing laws and policies.

Keywords:   women, Analects, Nanzi, Daoism, Mohism, Confucian temple, Confucian law

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