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Situational leadership in the Analects and the Daodejing

The main reason for my interest in the Analects and the Daodejing is that they focus on providing practical solutions to real-world problems.

Unlike many of the works in the Western philosophical cannon, they don’t feature any agonized searches for a universal “truth” or any promises of eternal salvation for ascribing to the “right” set of values or behaving in the “correct” manner. Instead, they are concerned with dealing with the challenges of the here and now, exploring how you can improve your character to make a greater contribution to the stability and prosperity of your family, community, and society overall.

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Analects Book 3: fighting for the rites

Rites

Confucius never defines exactly what he means by the rites in Book 3 of the Analects. Instead, he spends most of his energy on criticizing others, most notably members of the Three Families, for their violations of the unwritten rules governing important ritual ceremonies that had presumably existed since at least the beginnings of the Zhou dynasty in the early 11th century and probably even before that. Continue reading Analects Book 3: fighting for the rites

Analects Book 3 by numbers

As in the previous book,  Confucius is featured in all the chapters of Book 3 of the Analects.  Three new disciples also appear in the form  of the rather dim-witted Lin Fang,  the grasping Ran Qiu,  and the clever but arrogant Zai Yu, along with Zixia and ZigongContinue reading Analects Book 3 by numbers

Book 3 of the Analects in presentation format

My new translation of Book 3 of the Analects is now available for download from SlideShare. This features some  memorable rants from Confucius attacking his political foes for attempting to boost their social prestige by holding ritual ceremonies that should by right have been the exclusive preserve of the Son of Heaven and other hereditary rulers. Continue reading Book 3 of the Analects in presentation format