Comment by
David N Keightley
Association for Asian Studies New England meeting (1995)

Our work on the Analects and associated Warring States texts was first presented to the scholarly world at the AAS New England meeting in October 1995, held at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A partial draft of The Original Analects had been previously distributed to participants at a symposium. David Keightley gave this final comment at the symposium:

"The Original Analects, based on a deeply sensitive analysis of the text, reorders it along developmental lines, permitting readers to understand its growth and resolve its apparent inconsistencies. It restores historical respectability to its subject, which has too long coasted on traditional assumptions. The annotations emphasize this contextual approach, providing drama and a sense of historical situation."

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