Bliven, Bruce
March 1952
New Republic;3/24/52, Vol. 126 Issue 12, p17
The article discusses the translation of celebrated Chinese thinker Confucius' work into English by Ezra Pound. Pound's "Confucius" is to be read as much in relation to its translator, as to its original author. It is a twentieth-century reading of Confucius--a contemporary work to be considered not in the context of ancient China but in the light of current social theories. The article opines that Confucianism, in no way whatsoever, resembles the ideologies current in either the American or the Russian halves of the modern world. Perhaps societies have always been more remarkable by reason of the anti-bodies that they produce, in resistance to or revolt against current modes of thought, than in the majority cultures.


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