Books That Inspire 2002

The Analects of Confucius

The Analects of Confucius brought realization that the time for learning about China has passed; now is the time to learn from China, a thoroughly Confucian society. The Analects outlines an ethical code of behavior, a way of becoming human (not by oneself) but by interaction with family and associates. Fingarette states, "for Confucians, unless there are two human beings, there can be no human beings." The Analects framed current East Asian society for me, showing why family is the basic unit of society, education is crucial, and the social fabric is stronger in East Asia than in the U. S.
Jessica Stowell
Program Coordinator
International and Area Studies