Confucius, the Historical Philosopher

analytical Essay
1924 words
1924 words

Throughout history, there have been historical figures that have changed the way we think in the world. These people are called philosophers. Philosophers are people who view the world in a different way with theories and questions in ethics and logic. They do not see the world as just black and white; they are the ones that discover color in between. They find a deeper meaning to what black and white really is. Although, it may seem like something so simple to the average person, a philosopher would see it is another world of hidden meanings. Some famous philosophers throughout time are people like Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle who shaped the way Greeks thought the way they did in history. They were the foundation of not only their thoughts, but also their culture and way of life was constructed. A great philosopher in human history is Confucius. Confucius is known not only being a famous philosopher, but also a man who started his own philosophical religion. Although history remembers Confucius as a great and historical philosopher, he has inspired followers all over the world through his philosophical values and beliefs, and even his own religion that he originated, known as Confucianism.

History remembers Confucius as being a great human being that changed the way people thought during his time, but in reality, he lived like any other man. He lived during 551-479 B.C. and “was born in the state of Lu in one of the most formative periods of Chinese culture” (Chung, 9). Confucius lived during the Zhou dynasty. One would not say that Confucius lived an easy and simple life, but he did have to overcome some struggles. “At the time Confucius was born, his family was already impoverished. Confucius’ early life experience was fu...

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...tanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Spring 2011. Web. 16 Nov. 2011. .

Riegel illustrates a well-written article about Confucius’ life. Teachings and different philosophies from Confucius are included. Quotes from Analects are also included as well as a biography of Confucius’ life.

Smith, D. Howard. Confucius. New York: Scribner, 1973. Print.

Smith illustrates the admiration of Confucius. Biography of Confucius is included. Teachings and illustrations of Confucius’ disciples are also included

Yao, Xinzhong. An Introduction to Confucianism. New York: Cambridge UP, 2000. Print.

Yao illustrates the introduction to Confucianism. Yao illustrates in depth, details about the Confucian religion are included. Classic teachings, rituals, and religious practices are also included.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that philosophers are people who view the world in a different way with theories and questions in ethics and logic.
  • Explains that confucius was a great human being that changed the way people thought during his time, but in reality, he lived like any other man.
  • Explains that confucius had a great interest in education and study, and skepticism in religion, which inspired him to think differently and inspire his followers.
  • Describes the drawings and paintings of confucius.
  • Analyzes how confucius' beliefs helped his followers recognize what kind of man he was in history.
  • Explains that confucius' political philosophy is explained in his belief that a ruler should learn self-discipline and treat his subjects with love and concern.
  • Explains that confucius was the trigger point that set off a new ideology and religion known as 'confucianism'.
  • Explains that confucianism had a great impact on the people of china. it was an idealistic religion that was still new at the time.
  • Explains that confucius changed the face of the philosophical world from his historical background, strong personal beliefs and values, and the religion that he created.
  • Explains chin, annping, the authentic confucius: a life of thought and politics.
  • Analyzes how chin describes the life of confucius in detail. he explains how he lived his life and what his beliefs were.
  • Describes chung, tsai chih, and brian bruya's confucius speaks: words to live by.
  • Analyzes how chung illustrates confucius' biography in a detailed point of view. he describes his historical context as well as teachings and influences.
  • Explains hayes, brian j., "biography and sayings of confucius chinese philosopher." faith vs reason debate spiritual insights quotations quotes aldous huxley perennial philosophy.
  • Analyzes how hayes illustrates confucius' life briefly before he left to go travel with his desiciples.
  • Explains legge, james, confucian analects, the great learning and the doctrine of the mean.
  • Explains that legge's translates confucian analects and other major books that are important in the confuzian religion.
  • Explains oldstone-moore's confucianism: origins, beliefs and practices. oxford: oxford up, 2002.
  • Analyzes how oldstone-moore delivers concise illustrations about confucianism, including his teachings and rituals.
  • Explains that "pictures of confucius - drawings and paintings of confuzus." exciting facts about foreign languages, culture, and history -- education for young adults.
  • Explains that this brief website illustrates works of art of confucius.
  • Cites riegel, jeffrey, stanford encyclopedia of philosophy, spring 2011.
  • Analyzes how riegel illustrates a well-written article about confucius' life, teachings and different philosophies, and quotes from analects.
  • Analyzes how smith illustrates the admiration of confucius. smith's biography, teachings, and illustrations of his disciples are included.
  • Analyzes how yao illustrates the introduction to confucianism, and details about the religion. classic teachings, rituals and religious practices are included.
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