Comment by
Barend ter Haar

One always hopes that one's work will be of use to others, and a test of one's work is whether it is of use to others. The following sentences, from the author's Home Page at Leiden University (click on "Literacy," are welcome as a realization of that possibility:

" . . . and the study of orality, literacy, and textuality. In this latter project I question, for instance, the customary approach to early (pre-Han) philosophers as writers (posing the rhetorical question "Could/did Confucius read and/or write?"). Here I feel greatly supported by the recent work by Bruce and Taeko Brooks on the Lunyu. . . "

Update 2006

The current comment at this site reads instead:

". . . Absolutely fascinating and also already controversial book, which finally treats the Lunyu as the product of historical development, including the juxtaposition of portions from different times to known Confucian teachers from that particular time (such as Mencius). A crucial remark on the shift from oral to written modes of text retention and transmission on p. 256. Its methodology is extensively treated in the various appendices at the back."

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