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The Chinese Classic of Family ReverenceA Philosophical Translation of the Xiaojing$
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Henry Jr. Rosemont and Roger T. Ames

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832841

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832841.001.0001

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The Ministers and High Officials 《卿大夫章》‎

The Ministers and High Officials 《卿大夫章》‎

Chapter 4 The Ministers and High Officials 《卿大夫章》‎
(p.iii) The Chinese Classic of Family Reverence

Henry Rosemont

Roger T. Ames

University of Hawai'i Press

In this chapter, Confucius and Master Zeng are having a conversation about the family reverence of the ministers and high officials. According to Confucius, “If an article of dress is not sanctioned (fa) by the customs of the former kings, the ministers and high officials would not presume to wear it; if ways of speaking are not sanctioned by the customs of the former kings, they would not presume to use them…” Confucius further explains, “With dress, speech, and conduct being as they should be, ministers and high officials are able to safeguard their ancestral temples. Such, then, is the family reverence of the ministers and high officials.” He ends by citing a passage in the Book of Songs which says, “Whether night or day they are never remiss in their service to their one sovereign.”

Keywords:   family reverence, Confucius, Master Zeng, ministers, high officials, dress, customs, speech, conduct, Book of Songs

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