Confucius: A Guide for the Perplexed

Yong Huang (Author)
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Bloomsbury Academic
Publish Date
January 03, 2013
5.4 X 0.6 X 8.4 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Yong Huang is Professor of Philosophy at Kutztown University, USA, and Visiting Zijiang Chair Professor of Philosophy at East China Normal University, China; he is also Editor of Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy.


"A fair and thoughtful overview of Confucius's philosophy by a scholar who has worked with the relevant texts for many years. A particular strength of the book is the author's sensitivity to current problems in philosophy, especially ethics; through sympathetic reading and argumentation, Huang shows that Confucian ideas are as relevant today as in the past." --Paul Goldin, Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at University of Pennsylvania, USA

"Yong Huang's book is a wonderful, lively introduction to Confucianism. Huang addresses basic questions about Confucius and his views, but his treatment of them invites much more than basic understanding, discussing both Confucius and the tradition of interpreting him with rich complexity and sophistication. Huang does not shrink from deep scholarly issues but addresses them in a way both beginners and scholars will appreciate, providing a range of interpretive views in a remarkably accessible and engaging way. " --Amy Olberding, Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Oklahoma, USA

"This is the best historical and philosophical introduction to Confucius for today's readers. Clearly written, Confucius' ethical teaching is vividly presented in dialogue with the Chinese exegetic tradition and western philosophers, both classical and modern. This is a must-read. " --Vincent Shen, Lee Chair in Chinese Thought and Culture in the Department of Philosophy and Department of East Asian Studies at University of Toronto, Canada

"The Analects is a text that perplexes even the most sophisticated reader. While no one will exhaust the creative puzzlement of the Analects, Huang's work goes a long way to show why perplexity can foster genuine moral reflection and action. " --John Berthrong, Associate Professor of Comparative Theology at Boston University, USA