The Change of Confucianism over Time

analytical Essay
616 words
616 words

Confucianism is a philosophy and way of life formed in China by Confucius, an early Chinese philosopher. It began as a simple concept with ideals of personal virtue, simple filial piety, and basic gender distinctions and social inequalities. But, over time with the emergence of Neo-Confucianism it began to transform into a way of life that was degrading towards women with certain hostilities towards rivaling religions. In its early period, from around 500 B.C.E to the Common Era, Confucianism changed in that it became the leading belief system and a major part of Chinese tradition. From the transition into the Common Era to the end of the Classical time period, Confucianism was altered because of a loss of popularity following the collapse of the Han dynasty and the corruption in the governing political system. In its ending period, the post-classical era, Confucianism underwent perhaps its biggest adjustments with the emergence of Neo-Confucianism. The ideas and virtues presented in the “rebirth of Confucian philosophies” of intolerance of foreign religions and extreme filial piety...

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  • Explains confucianism, a philosophy and way of life formed in china by the early chinese philosopher, and how it changed with the emergence of neo-confucian.
  • Explains that confucianism changed in its early period from its formation around 500 b.c.e to the beginning of the common era.
  • Analyzes how confucianism lost popularity due to the collapse of the han dynasty and the introduction and spread of buddhism to china.
  • Explains that confucianism underwent its most drastic changes in the post-classical time period with the emergence of neo-confuciannism.
  • Explains that confucianism changed from the era of confuzius to neo-confucianism in that it changed its ideas and virtues and became harsher in its control.
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