Aristotle versus Confucius

analytical Essay
1796 words
1796 words

Philosophy can best be described as an abstract, scholarly discourse. According to the Greek, philosophia refers to ‘love of knowledge’. This is an aspect that has involved a great number of clever minds in the world’s history. They have sought to deal with issues surrounding the character of veracity and significantly exploring the endeavors to respond to these issues. This paper seeks to compare and contrast the philosophy of Aristotle with that of Confucius. This is with a clear concentration on the absolute functions of these philosophies and how they take care of the particular responsibility of a person and the broader society and the resultant effects on societies (Barnes, 1995). The teachings according to Confucius refer to Confucianism. Confucianism is the multifarious classification of ethical, collective, political and pious philosophy developed by Confucius and the old Chinese practices (Bertrand, 1999). Confucianism aim is actually making an individual honorable but also making such an individual the character of learning and of proper manners. The ideal and faultless man has to combine the characters of a saint, an intellectual and gentleman. Confucianism is a religious conviction whose adulation is focused on offerings to the dead. The idea of responsibility is extensive beyond the precincts of morals and holds close to the minutiae of daily living. For those individuals that choose to look into the philosophy of Confucius, Confucianism recognizes that the quest for virtue is ordinary and providential. However, in this quest of moral aptness Confucius tried to offer other people the fervent self love that he had greatly embodied. To actually make oneself as perfect as possible was the central concern of life. Al... ... middle of paper ... ...ferences Richard, O. (1998) Eastern Philosophy. New York. Random publishing house. Sergei T. (2004) History of Religion. London. Sages’ printing press. Britaccanica Online (1989) The Rider Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion. London. Sages. Oliver L. (1985) Key Concepts in Eastern Philosophy. Cambridge. Cambridge University Bertrand R. (1999) A History of Western Philosophy. Oxford. Oxford University. Benjamin S. (1994) Confucianism in Action. New York. McGraw Hill. Aiken, C (1996). The Catholic Encyclopedia. The Encyclopedia Press, Inc Heinz, C (1997). Asia, A New Introduction. New York. Waveland Press. Ackrill, J. (1981). Aristotle the Philosopher. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. Barnes J. (1995). The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle, Cambridge University Press Ferguson, J. (1972). Aristotle. New York: Twayne Publishers.

In this essay, the author

  • Compares aristotle's philosophy with that of confucius, with a clear focus on the absolute functions of these philosophies.
  • Explains that confucianism is a multifarious classification of ethical, collective, political, and pious philosophy developed by the philosopher and the old chinese practices.
  • Analyzes the philosophy of confucius, which recognizes that the quest for virtue is ordinary and providential, but in this quest of moral aptness he tried to offer other people the fervent self-love.
  • Explains that confucius persisted on the four qualities of naturalness, filial piousness and decorum. honesty was a fundamental virtue, and sincerity meant to be frank and simple in rhetoric.
  • Explains that filial piety is the third principal virtue in the confucian philosophy.
  • Explains that the confucian philosophy incorporates the full characteristics of human behavior training men to always do the right things.
  • Explains that the philosophy of confucianism has had an astounding effect on the citizens of china and other nations of the world.
  • Argues that aristotle's ethical premise should be taken as a field separate from the theoretical sciences, and its style must match its area under discussion.
  • Explains that aristotle considers virtues to be focal to a well-lived life. he rubbishes plato's notions that guidance in the sciences and metaphysics is an appropriate requirement for consideration of our perfect existence.
  • Analyzes the differences between western and eastern philosophy. while western beliefs involve understanding the character of the earth, confucianism focuses on the explanations of interactions and upholding ethical social interactions.
  • Concludes that the paper has gone a long way in trying to show the similarities and differences in the western and eastern philosophies as advanced by confucius and aristotle.

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