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The Five "Confucian" Classics


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Michael Nylan is Caroline H. Robbins Chair of History at Bryn Mawr College.


“A precise and scholarly account of five texts that are of fundamental importance to China’s intellectual development, this book cuts through age-old misapprehensions with a brilliant clarification of their context, content and significance.”—Michael Loewe

“Interpreted and re-interpreted over the centuries the texts of traditional China’s ‘Bible’ have exercised a profound effect on the intellectual background of men of letters and have been exploited in the interests of dynastic and political motives. In her inestimable guide through the murky waters of the misapprehensions and confusions of 2,000 years, Professor Nylan calls on scholarly opinion past and present to give precisely argued accounts of the context and content of these five fundamentally important texts. The book is essential reading for all those who are concerned with China’s intellectual and literary growth.”—Michael Loewe 

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