Reminder: see if primary sources are available in translation and in the original language.
Confucius as an expositor or bearer of a tradition versus Confucius as an innovator or creator.
How much of traditional Chinese ethics goes back further than Confucius? How much of it is explainable by sociological/anthropological models? (or by an appeal to Natural Law?)
Ethics of Shang, Zhou and the Classics by Sanderson Beck
Chinese Literature - Confucian classics (www.chinaknowledge.de)
Confucianism - Han Confucianism
Confucius [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Before Confucius: Studies in the Creation of ...
Confucius and the Analects: New Essays - Google Books Result