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The sage as teacher and source of knowledge: editorial strategies and formulaic utterances in Confucius dialogues


Weingarten, Oliver (2014). The sage as teacher and source of knowledge: editorial strategies and formulaic utterances in Confucius dialogues. Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques, 68(4):1175-1223.

Abstract

The present article discusses selected dialogues between Confucius and Duke Ai of Lu as well as dialogues in which Confucius employs the phrase “I will tell you” ( wu yu ru 吾語汝), mainly to address followers. The analysis focuses on two aspects of the Confucius figure: (1) Confucius as a textual function that serves to integrate and validate disparate textual units within a coherent narrative framework; (2) Confucius as authoritative master who enunciates didactic pronouncements in the presence of his disciples. The latter function is ironically appropriated in Zhuangzi 莊子. The article closes with a reflection on possible future directions of research into uses of the Confucius figure.

Abstract

The present article discusses selected dialogues between Confucius and Duke Ai of Lu as well as dialogues in which Confucius employs the phrase “I will tell you” ( wu yu ru 吾語汝), mainly to address followers. The analysis focuses on two aspects of the Confucius figure: (1) Confucius as a textual function that serves to integrate and validate disparate textual units within a coherent narrative framework; (2) Confucius as authoritative master who enunciates didactic pronouncements in the presence of his disciples. The latter function is ironically appropriated in Zhuangzi 莊子. The article closes with a reflection on possible future directions of research into uses of the Confucius figure.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques > Archive > 68 (2014) > 4
Dewey Decimal Classification:Unspecified
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:19 Sep 2016 14:19
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 20:23
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:0004-4717
Official URL:http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/asia.2014.68.issue-4/asia-2014-0046/asia-2014-0046.xml

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