• Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.
    Perhaps the most widely read thinker of all time, Confucius transformed Chinese philosophy with his belief that the greatest goal in life was pursuit of 'The Way': a search for virtue not as a means to rewards in this world or the next, but as the pinnacle of human existence.

  • Anglais The Analects

    Confucius

    The Analects express a philosophy, or a moral code, by which Confucius, one of the most humane thinkers of all time, believed everyone should live. Upholding the ideals of wisdom, self-knowledge, courage and love of one's fellow man, he argued that the pursuit of virtue should be every individual's supreme goal. And, while following the Way, or the truth, might not result in immediate or material gain, Confucius showed that it could nevertheless bring its own powerful and lasting spiritual rewards.

  • A wonderfully enjoyable storehouse of ancient Chinese history and legends, which also has an important role in understanding 21st-century China'And remember: Heaven's blessing will cease forever if there's despair and poverty in your lands'The Most Venerable Book (also known as The Book of History) is one of the Five Classics, a key work of Chinese literature which preserves some of the most ancient and dramatic chronicles of the history, both real and mythological, of the Chinese state. For many centuries it was a central work for anyone wishing to work for the Imperial administration, preserving as it does a fascinating mixture of key Confucian concepts as well as page after page of heroes, benevolent rulers, sagacious ministers, and struggles against flood, corruption and vicious, despotic rulers. The First Emperor tried in 213 BC to have all copies of the book destroyed because of its subversive implication that 'the Mandate of Heaven' could be withdrawn from rulers who failed their people. For similar reasons it was also banned by Chairman Mao. Extraordinarily, the values of The Most Venerable Book have been revived by the Chinese government of the 2010s.

  • Gentilhomme lettré issu de la noblesse pauvre, Confucius (551-479 av. J.-C.) veut en finir avec le désordre et l'iniquité ambiante par le seul impact de son éthique. "Roi sans couronne" se pliant à la nature de ses disciples dont il cherche à développer les possibilités et la réflexion, Confucius, à travers ses entretiens, apparaît comme un véritable Maître de morale dont l'enseignement a perduré au cours des siècles.






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    Confucius naquit en 551 avant notre ère, à Tsou, dans l’actuelle province du Shandong.
    Aucune information concernant ses parents n’existe plus aujourd’hui.
    Ce grand sage vit le jour au sein d’une famille aristocratique désargentée.
    Le tir à l’arc et la musique faisaient partie de ses occupations favorites.
    Jeune, Confucius voulait être connu et soulager la misère du monde.
    Ses idées pratiques et philosophiques allaient à l’encontre du milieu politique de son temps.
    Kong-Fou-Tseu, de son nom chinois, devint un philosophe et un maître incontesté.
    Il fut, à l’époque où il professait, l’un des hommes les plus éduqués de Chine.
    L’enseignement de sa sagesse fut l’aboutissement de toute sa vie.
    Ses premiers disciples formèrent ce que l’on appelle l’école confucéenne.
    Confucius formait ses élèves à la littérature, l’histoire, la philosophie et la politique.
    L’année de ses 53 ans, on lui offrit un poste qu’il refusa au gouvernement de la ville de Pi.
    En compagnie de plusieurs disciples, il visita et séjourna dans différents états chinois.
    Lors de ce voyage, il faillit mourir assassiné dans l’état de Sung.
    Confucius subit la perte douloureuse de son fils et de certains de ses amis.
    Le sage Kong-Fou-Tseu mourut en 479 avant notre ère.
    Cet ouvrage réunit des citations de Confucius classées par grands thèmes.

  • Anglais The Analects

    Confucius Dervla

    One of the most influential books in human history, in a revelatory new translation
    The book that the Chinese have returned to repeatedly for reflection, renewal, and validation of their own views, The Analects was compiled by the disciples of Confucius, China's earliest teacher and moral thinker, from his remarks and his conversations with rulers, political operators, and people he happened to meet. It laid the foundation of the Chinese idea of what is moral and what is politically viable, what is a good government and who has integrity.
    Featuring both the English and Chinese texts, this new translation, by one of the pre-eminent scholars of Confucius, draws on the most recent excavated manuscripts and centuries of scholarship to illuminate the historical context of Confucius' teachings, explaining who the many local figures referenced are, and navigating a rich tradition of historical commentaries. The result is a map of Confucian thought that brings us as close as possible to experiencing Confucius as his followers might have 2,500 years ago.

  • Confucius et Mencius

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    • Ligaran
    • 11 Février 2015

    Extrait : "La loi de la Grande Etude, ou de la philosophie pratique, consiste à développer et remettre en lumière le principe lumineux de la raison que nous avons reçu du ciel, à renouveler les hommes, et à placer sa destination définitive dans la perfection, ou le souverain bien."

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