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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (15 Oct. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887063772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887063770
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,598,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David L. Hall is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas, and author of The Civilization of Experience: A Whiteheadian Theory of Culture; The Uncertain Phoenix: Adventures Toward a Post-Cultural Sensibility; and Eros and Irony: A Prelude to Philosophical Anarchism. Roger T. Ames, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii, is author of The Art of Rulership: A Study of Ancient Chinese Political Thought, a translator of classical Chinese texts, and assistant editor of Philosophy East and West.


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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8d65d7d4) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x8d65fbb8) out of 5 stars A philosophical Confucius 15 Mar. 2001
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Perhaps the best study of Confucius' thought available. There is a very detailed study of all the key terms in the Analects, with an emphasis on the capacity of the individual Confucian to use his better judgment in specific situations. In other words Confucius does not recommend blind obedience to the rules of etiquette (Li). The book also includes an in-depth comparison with Western philosophy, even post-modern. One of the authors, Roger Ames, has also recently written a splendid translation of the Analects together with Henry Rosemont. Both of these books are musts for a deeper understanding of the Analects.
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HASH(0x8e4a83f0) out of 5 stars Impossibly Difficult Reading 5 May 2012
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I read this book and couldn't understand a damn thing they are talking about. I'm sorry to say, I got nothing from it. I read the whole thing and by the end, I still had no idea what Ames and Hall are trying to say.
Not sure if the book pushed the limits of my reading comprehension or if it was just a lot of literary bells and whistles passing for some kind of deep analysis. Either way, if you plan to read this book, you ought to have a good english dictionary on hand as you'll likely be referring to it often. A Ph.D in philosophy may also help, as this book is definately not for general audiences. Best of luck to ya if you do make a purchase . . . I'd be happy to hear anyone's translation of the book into more straightforward language.
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