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Great Learning: Bilingual Edition, English and Chinese: A Confucian Classic of Ancient Chinese Literature

Confucius

ISBN 10: 1533623546 / ISBN 13: 9781533623546
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Great Learning: Bilingual Edition, English ...

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: Bilingual.

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This edition of Great Learning features both English and Chinese side by side for easy reference and bilingual support. The paragraphs are organized for easy reading. Great Learning is a classic of Confucianism and one of the Four Books of Confucian philosophy. The Great Learning is significant because it expresses many themes of Chinese philosophy and political thinking, and has therefore been extremely influential both in classical and modern Chinese thought. The Great Learning represented a key aspect of the Chinese curriculum for nearly 1500 years and can be found in virtually all aspects of Chinese culture. The Great Learning within the Chinese curriculum acted as a "springboard" for further learning, "self cultivation and investigation of things." Through self-cultivation one can bring order and harmony to one's mind, personal life, family, state and the world as a whole. By defining the path of learning (Dao) in governmental and social terms, the Great Learning links the spiritual realm with daily life, thus creating a vision of the Way (Dao) that is radically different from that of non-action as presented by Daoism. The Great Learning,on the other hand, requires action on the part of the individual towards the ultimate goal of self-cultivation through the "expansion of knowledge and the investigation of things." The Great Learning presents Confucianism as being this-worldly rather than other-worldly. As opposed to basing its authority on an external deity, the Great Learning bases its authority on the practices of ancient kings. The bilingual study edition also includes a study guide with additional materials.

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Qian Ning graduated from the people's University of China with his B.A. and M.A. degrees on literature. He worked as a reporter for the People's Daily from 1986 to 1989 and was a Michigan Journalism Fellow (the University of Michigan) in 1989-1990. His most famous book is "Chinese Students Encounter America", a bestseller in China (1996 and 2002 in English by the University of Washington Press). He is also the author of the novel about Li Si, the Qin dynasty prime minister.

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