Confucius [551-479 BC], though of noble descent, was born in humble
circumstances. He believed that politics is only an extension of
morals, and spent ten years travelling through the various states
of China spreading his ideas. When he realised that there was no
way of converting the feudal rulers to his way of thinking he
returned to Lu and spent the rest of his life there teaching his
pupils. D.C Lau has held a number of professorships in the field of
Chinese language and literature.
Arthur Waley (1889-1966) is highly regarded for his many translations of Chinese and Japanese literature.
Sarah Allan teaches classical Chinese and Chinese philosophy at Dartmouth College.