Confucius: A Life of Thought and Politics
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About the AuthorAnn-Ping Chin received her Ph.D. Formerly on the faculty at Wesleyan University, she now teaches in the history department at Yale. in Chinese Thought from Columbia University. She is the author of four previous books.
"Sadly Unconvincing" according to Patrick Darden. I was really looking forward to this book, which is perhaps why I am being so harsh in my criticism.Annping Chin states her philosophy for this biography early on in the prologue--to rely on the most authoritative sources, and when a hole exists to not fill it in with speculation, instead to just leave a hole. Had she done this, it might have been an interesting work. "A profound reflection on morality and politics: way beyond a biography of Confucius" according to Ira Abrams. The other reviewer hit the nail on the head but I think may have used the wrong tool. There are a bunch (a small bunch, albeit) of books out there that try to ascertain the facts about Confucius and that respect the fact that we don't really know much about the sage who lived 2500 years ago. This is not such a book, and I was as surprised as my fellow reviewer to fin
His influence as a moral thinker remains powerful to this day. For more than two thousand years, Confucius (551–479 B.C.) has been a fundamental part of China's history. Yet despite his fame and the perennial interest in his life and teachings, Confucius the man has been elusive, and no definitive biography has emerged. In this book, the scholar and writer Annping Chin negotiates centuries of reconstructions, guess-work, and numerous Chinese texts in order to establish an absorbing and original account of the thinker's life and legacy. She shows with new insight how Confucius lived and thought, his habits and inclinations, his relation to his contemporaries, his work as a teacher and as a counsellor, his worries about the world and the generations to come. Chin brings the historical Confucius within reach so that he can lead us into his idea of the moral and explain his timeless teachings on family and politics, culture and learning. Confucius is the culmination of years of research, a book that makes an important and fascinating contribution to biography and Chinese history.
She is the author of four previous books.. Formerly on the faculty at Wesleyan University, she now teaches in the history department at Yale. Ann-Ping Chin received her Ph.D. in Chinese Thought from Columbia University