First published in 1987. The teachings of Confucius have sustained the East for over 2,500 years. As set forth in the Four Books, Confucianism stresses morality, love of peace, justice, honesty, virtue, moderation in all things and sincerity as the means of self-fulfilment. Chen arranges into one compact volume the essential principles for human conduct propounded in Confucius's Four Books, and to make them easily accessible to Western readers for the first time.

chapter I|11 pages


chapter II|39 pages

The Investigation of Things

chapter III|135 pages

The Extension of Knowledge

chapter IV|17 pages

The Sincerity of Thoughts

chapter V|30 pages

The Rectification of Hearts

chapter VI|143 pages

The Cultivation of the Person

chapter VII|36 pages

The Regulation of the Family

chapter VIII|164 pages

The Government of the State

chapter IX|5 pages

The Pacification of the World

chapter X|14 pages