Annotated Bibliography of the Analects of Confucius
The term Analects stands for the collection of ideas and sayings introduced to literature by the famous Chinese philosopher, Confucius. Confucius’ teachings suggested ways society can consider for healing social, political, and economic chaos. His work grew to be as important as it is today, especially in China, because he introduced his philosophies at a time when the country was socially, politically, and economically unstable; between the era of the Warring States in China, and the Mid-Ham Dynasty. Nevertheless, it was his contemporaries (pupils or disciples) who wrote down Confucius’ ideologies so that they could be passed on to multiple generations. They wrote down the Analects after his death back in the early Ham Dynasty period. Both his life experiences and sayings display the theme of social disorder, at that time in China, and provide effective solutions which even today’s scholars consider best for dealing with current public issues. The paper will be an annotation of current secondary sources which integrate their arguments with the Analects.