The Original Analects is a remarkable book that ranks among the most significant and impressive works on Chinese thought ever published in English.
(Journal of Asian Studies
With the publication of this translation, scholars now have a fully developed interpretation of a single text with which to test the Brooks' hypotheses. Undoubtedly we have not heard the last or even the definitive word on dating texts in early China. But the Brooks should be credited with pushing the field one great step further along in its development.
The most exciting study of the Lun yu yet published in a Western language. Its potential implications are monumental, ranging from a rewriting of our understanding of early Confucianism and the nature of intellectual transmission in early China.
(Chinese Review International
Its insightful readings and interpretive strategies stand to enrich our overall understanding of the Analects and its traditions.
(Lisa Raphals International Studies in Philosophy
Meticulously demonstrating a powerful method of textual analysis which has roots in earlier Chinese scholarship, The Original Analects inaugurates a new era. Scholars take note: the study of early China will never be the same. And its richly thoughtful commentaries assure that the general reader will stop to ponder the words of the most influential book in the long history of the Chinese civilization.
(Frederick W. Mote, Princeton University (Emeritus))|
The Original Analects shows the text evolving over 230 years following the Master's death. It identifies and dates each layer of accretion, bringing the text to life and throwing a probing light on shifts and shades of thought in Warring States China, generation by generation. It represents an exciting mode of investigation that will require most post scholarship on ancient Chinese philosophy to be redone.
(David S. Nivison, Stanford University)