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Exemplary Figures / Fayan
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Exemplary Figures (sometimes translated as Model Sayings) is an unabridged, annotated translation of Fayan, one of three major works by the Chinese court poet-philosopher Yang Xiong (53 BCE-18 CE). Yang sought to "renew the old" by patterning these works on earlier classics, drawing inspiration from the Confucian Analects for Exemplary Figures. In this philosophical masterwork, constructed as a dialogue, Yang poses and then answers questions on philosophical, political, ethical, and literary matters. Michael Nylan's rendering of this text, which is laden with word play and is extraordinarily difficult to translate, is a joy to read-at turns wise, cautionary, and playful.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-10
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  1. Chronology of Dynasties
  2. pp. x-11
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xlii
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  1. Chapter 1. Learning and Practicing
  2. pp. 2-21
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  1. Chapter 2. Our Masters
  2. pp. 22-37
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  1. Chapter 3. Cultivating One's Person
  2. pp. 38-51
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  1. Chapter 4. Asking about the Way
  2. pp. 52-67
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  1. Chapter 5. Asking about Divine Insight
  2. pp. 68-83
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  1. Chapter 6. Asking about Illumination
  2. pp. 84-99
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  1. Chapter 7. Things Rarely Seen
  2. pp. 100-117
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  1. Chapter 8. Every Five Hundred Years
  2. pp. 118-135
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  1. Chapter 9. Foresight
  2. pp. 136-149
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  1. Chapter 10. Chong and Li
  2. pp. 150-181
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  1. Chapter 11. Yan Hui and Min Ziqian
  2. pp. 182-205
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  1. Chapter 12. The Noble Man
  2. pp. 206-221
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  1. Chapter 13. Honoring the Ancestors, the Ultimate Duty
  2. pp. 222-242
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  1. Glossary of Names, Legendary and Historical
  2. pp. 243-290
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 291-292
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 293-310
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 311-315
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