Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius
- Narrated by: Robert André LaFleur
- Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
- Release date: 12-09-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: The Great Courses
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With these 24 accessible lectures, enjoy an adventurous exploration of one of the world's most important philosophical texts. Filled with rich historical context, detailed close readings of key passages, expert interpretations of larger cultural trends, and stories of Confucius and his most notable students (and critics), these lectures are required learning for anyone who wants a solid understanding of Eastern philosophy - and the ways a single book can cross cultures and go on to inspire an entire world.
After grounding your approach to the Analects with a look at what we know (and don't know) about Confucius' life, career, and teaching philosophy, you'll examine some of the book's most powerful, central themes. Among these are remonstrance (an idea at the heart of Chinese social and political life) and effective rule (which, for Confucius, required a grounding in morality and integrity).
As you illuminate your understanding of key passages in the Analects, you'll also meet the students, philosophers, and statesmen who, in their own ways, contributed to the millennia-long story of this enduring book - by recording Confucian thought, critiquing it, building on it, pillorying it, and resurrecting it for the modern age.
As with all great philosophical experiences, the Analects is a work whose intellectual richness and insight remain with you long after you've heard the final passages. So, too, will these lectures, which will help internalize Confucian teachings - and make them work in your own life.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By dean on 03-23-17
This audiobook is like listening to a giant table of contents. After a while I skipped around to find real content from Confucius, but it is scarce. There is more content on my Zen calendar daily sayings.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
By Marcielle Brandler on 11-07-17
I misunderstood the premise for this book
I thought I was going to be listening to the actual The Analects of Confucius and
not a discussion about the work.
That is frustrating.
If the "great books' series is just that, then I am not interested.
I want the original pieces.
It was well done, must not what I had wanted.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful