From its beginnings, Confucianism has vibrantly taught that each person is able to find the Way individually in service to the community and the world. John Berthrong’s comprehensive new work tells the story of the grand intellectual development of the Confucian tradition, revealing all the historical phases of Confucianism and opening the reader’s eyes to the often neglected gifts of scholars of the Han, T’ang, and the modern periods, as well as to the vast contributions of Korea and Japan. The author concludes his revelatory study with an examination of the contemporary renewal of the Confucian Way in East Asia and its spread to the West.
Table of Contents
A Note on Conventions -- Dynastic Chart -- Introduction: Transformations and Variations on Confucian History -- The Classical Tradition from Confucius to Hsün Tzu -- The Comments of the Han: The Confucian Canon Defined -- The Defense of the Faith from the Wei-Chin (220–420) to the T’ang (618–907): The Challenge of Taoism and Buddhism -- The Renaissance of the Sung: The Second Golden Age -- The Flourishing of the Yüan and Ming -- Korean and Japanese Confucianism and the Ch’ing School of Evidential Research -- Confucianism in the Modern World -- Further Readings and Contentious Issues -- Wade-Giles to Pinyin Conversion Table