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The Analects become a bestseller

The Analects become a bestseller
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Over the next few Steps, we will trace the history of the reception of the Analects
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during the Edo period (1603-1868): During the Edo period, the Analects were usually a part of Zhu Xi’s Shisho shicchū [1]. Editions with notes and reading marks provided by prominent scholars like Hayashi Razan (known also as Dōshun) [1] and Yamazaki Ansai (Yamazaki Ka)[2] were also widely read. Leaders with a passion for learning such as Tokugawa Tsunayoshi[3] also published their own editions of the work, and so did the various local daimyo, for use as textbooks in the schools of their domains [4]. Also characteristic of the Edo period are the editions curated by scholars with new and unique outlook on the classics [5], such as those published by Matsuzaki Kodo and Yasui Sokken[6], the founders of the “Kōshōgaku” school of learning.
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Let us look together at these developments while looking at original books from the period.

Over the next few Steps, we will trace the history of the reception of the Analects during the Edo period (1603-1868). Prof. Takahashi introduces the topic in this video.

Keywords (terms, era names, figure’s names) in the video

Books introduced in the video

  1. Doshun-ten Rongo 『道春点論語』
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  2. Ansai-ten Rongo 『山崎闇斎点論語』
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  3. Rongo shicchū 『論語集注』常憲院本
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  4. Kyōritsu-ten Rongo (Toyama domain) 『藩版論語』
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  5. Rongo kogi 『論語古義』伊藤仁斎著
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  6. Rongo shūsetsu 『論語集説』安井息軒
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Those books will be explained in detail in the following steps.

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