In early Chinese thought, heaven was considered "round" and earth "square." Westerners from St. Anselm to Kant taught that round and square are opposites. I will explore the connections between east and west (round and square) in a blog that takes seriously the little details of our lives. Round and square; east and west—never the twain shall meet (it has been said). Except when they do, and that is the whole point of this blog.
From Round to Square (and back)
For The Emperor's Teacher, scroll down (↓) to "Topics." It's the management book that will rock the world (and break the vase, as you will see). Click or paste the following link for a recent profile of the project: http://magazine.beloit.edu/?story_id=240813&issue_id=240610
A new post appears every day at 12:05* (CDT). There's more, though. Take a look at the right-hand side of the page for over four years of material (2,000 posts and growing) from Seinfeld and country music to every single day of the Chinese lunar calendar...translated. Look here ↓ and explore a little. It will take you all the way down the page...from round to square (and back again). *Occasionally I will leave a long post up for thirty-six hours, and post a shorter entry at noon the next day.
Now that you have read six different translations of Confucius's Analects, and studied a range of books about the Analects and the surrounding Confucian tradition, your "job" is to choose fifty (50) passages in the text. Really think about it (them), and choose wisely. You will be "living" with those passages for the remainder of the course.
Type them out in a word document. No matter what form you choose (see below), you must write the chapter (juan) and number from the Analects in the following manner: "2.1". Do not write it in any other way (2,1, 2-1, j.2/1, or anything else).
You may choose any of the following three options for your main text.
[a] Write down the Chinese characters
[2.1] 為政以德譬如北辰居其所而眾星共之 (put in punctuation only if you wish to).
[b] Write down an English translation (all fifty) from "one" translator (e.g. Annping Chin)
[c] Write down your "favorite" English translation from any author you choose.
Once you have all fifty passages in a Word file, write a brief essay (500-1000 words) that "reviews" your fifty choices. What themes can you find in your choices? Why did you choose them? Write a brief review essay of your choices.