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Analects Book 2: resources

I’ve finished my analysis of Book 2 of The Analects. You can click on the links below to learn more about the main themes of the book, including governance, leadership, and learning:

Analects Book 2 translation
Analects of Book 2: overview
Analects Book 2 by numbers
Analects Book 2 presentation
Analects Book 2: followers of Confucius
Analects Book 2: contemporary figures
Analects Book 2: Confucius on leadership qualities
Analects Book 2: Confucius on lifelong learning
Analects Book 2: Confucius on balanced learning
Analects Book 2: Confucius on governance
Analects Book 2: Confucius on the rites
Analects Book 2: Confucius on the meaning of filial devotion
Analects Book 2: Confucius on trustworthiness
Analects Book 2: Confucius on culture
Analects Book 2: Confucius on law

Analects Book 2: Confucius on law

Law

As a magistrate in his home state of Lu, Confucius would have had plenty of opportunities to see at first hand the arbitrariness and brutality of the legal system that prevailed in ancient China. Justice was rare and punishments were extremely severe for the convicted, who faced summary dismemberment and execution. Even those who managed to evade such horrific sanctions were tattooed so that they were clearly identified as criminals after their sentence was completed. Continue reading Analects Book 2: Confucius on law

Analects Book 2: Confucius on governance

Governance

Confucius lived during turbulent times of great political and social instability, in which the various feudal states that comprised the decaying Zhou dynasty were vying with each other for supremacy and the aristocracies within each state were fighting with the hereditary ruling families to gain more influence and power. Continue reading Analects Book 2: Confucius on governance