Analects of ConfuciusAnalects (論語 Pinyin: Lùnyǔ), or Analects of Confucius, written in twenty chapters, is thought to be a composition of the late Spring and Autumn Period. It is one of the most influential texts in East Asian intellectual history, which centers on the teachings of Confucius, by including teachings attributed to him, as well as some of his prominent disciples.
It is within this work that most of the basic framework regarding Confucian values such as humaneness (仁), rightousness (義), filial piety (孝), and propriety (禮) is developed.
There are various theories regarding its compilation, but it is obvious that it is somewhat of a patchwork, assembled over a period of time. This is the foundational text of Confucianism.