author: Confucius title: The Analects of Confucius publisher: Clarendon Press, 1893 subject: Confucianism - Ethics - Philosophy language: English alt. author: James Legge, trans.
James Legge's translation of the Lun Yü, or the Analects of Confucius, first appeared in 1861. It was part of a much larger work published by Legge under the title The Chinese Classics, which rendered into English seven of the nine classics of Chinese literature. Legge also went on to translate the other two classics and the works of the Taoists Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu in a series published by Oxford University Press, The Sacred Books of the East.
This site presents James Legge's translation of The Analects in full. Mr. Legge reproduced in his translation the original Chinese and wrote a great deal of commentary concerning how he arrived at his particular translation of the original Chinese. These are left out. On the other hand, Mr. Legge also wrote a brief description of each chapter, which this site provides as part of each chapter header.
I last revised this book on June 2nd, 2009.