Pages: 224
Subject: Religion
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: 1, black & white illustrations


A Short Introduction

Evelyn Berthrong, John Berthrong

Providing a rich cultural panorama of the Confucian tradition as a living spiritual path in the lives of men and women, this text is an introduction to the Confucian tradition, past and present.
9781851682362 (31 Aug 2000)
RRP £21.00 / US$29.00

The Book

Blending scholarship with an original approach, this new introduction to Confucianism is an informative and intriguing guide to China's ancient philosophical tradition. Against the backdrop of 17th century China, the book follows a Confucian couple, together with their family, friends and staff, through a typical day. The result offers a fascinating insight, not only into the intellectual and scholarly aspects of Confucianism, but also into the nature of belief, culture and society in a living philosophical tradition. The key topics covered include: the intellectual and social role of women; Confucianism, art and poetry; the relationship with the western world and western faiths. Capturing the full scope of an ancient tradition, this innovative, well-research and accessible text should be of interest to anyone interested in Confucianism, scholars, students and general readers alike

Additional Information

Subject Religion
Pages 224
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations 1, black & white illustrations


About the Author

John H. Berthrong is Director of the Institute for Dialogue Among Religious Traditions, Associate Dean for Academic and Administrative Affairs, and Assistant Professsor of Comparative Religion in the School of Theology at Boston University. A renowned scholar of Confucian studies, and a leading proponent of interreligious dialogue, he has published widely in both fields.

Table of Contents

1. Introductory Reflections 1

2. The Cultivation of the Self 25

3. Educating the Person 45

4. transmitting the Dao 77

5. Examining evil and governing the Quotidian

6. Meeting a Western Scholar

7.Furnishing the study and hosting a reading

8. Into the global and modern world