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5.0 out of 5 stars the best single translation and commentary on subject
I have read the entire book for a doctoral research project. There simply is no other Author that even comes close to offering such execellent commentary on the confucian classics. He references many of the ancient and more recent Chinese commentators in his footnotes. Very comprehensive. He gives you both the Chinese original and then the English translation with...
Published on 8 Jan. 1999

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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much an essay
The book is more an extensive essay by James Legge than a collection of Chinese philosophical thoughts; over 50% of the book contains the at-length writings of Mr Legge while the actual verses in the Analects, Great Learning & Doctrine of the Mean are so squeezed in between traditional Chinese writing and more of Mr Legge's inane footnotes as to be rendered almost...
Published on 18 April 2013 by Dave Spring


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best single translation and commentary on subject, 8 Jan. 1999
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This review is from: Confucian Analects, The Great Learning & The Doctrine of the Mean (Paperback)
I have read the entire book for a doctoral research project. There simply is no other Author that even comes close to offering such execellent commentary on the confucian classics. He references many of the ancient and more recent Chinese commentators in his footnotes. Very comprehensive. He gives you both the Chinese original and then the English translation with the commentary translated into English. If you want to better understand the Chinese and where they come from, Legges translations of the Chinese classics is a must.Ray
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much an essay, 18 April 2013
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The book is more an extensive essay by James Legge than a collection of Chinese philosophical thoughts; over 50% of the book contains the at-length writings of Mr Legge while the actual verses in the Analects, Great Learning & Doctrine of the Mean are so squeezed in between traditional Chinese writing and more of Mr Legge's inane footnotes as to be rendered almost illegible.
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