Comment by
Aihe Wang

This prepublication comment has contemporary resonances which no contemporary reader is likely to miss:

"The Original Analects establishes a new chronology for the text, but its implications go far beyond chronology. By placing the growth of the text itself within changing social and political conditions, it undermines the ongoing myth of the sages of the East. It is epoch-making for the understanding of Chinese civilization, replacing a static 'Chinese mind' with a dynamic human process."

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