Confucius Essays

  • The Wisdom of Confucius

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    The Wisdom of Confucius ' When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults.'; That quote is one of the many morals stated by the ancient Chinese philosopher, Confucius, which we still live by today. The Wisdom of Confucius, edited and translated by Lin Yutang, takes the best things said and said about Confucius and put them into one three hundred page book. It follows his life, from his lowly birth in the small town of Tsou, to his death

  • The Gentleman Confucius

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    The Chinese philosopher, teacher and politician, Confucius, highlighted the importance of personal morality and the ability to think for one’s self during the failure of imperial rule. His teachings became an orthodox philosophy in which followers realize the prominence of higher thinking and how one can achieve personal junzi, or “the gentleman”, through Confucius’ lessons. Throughout much of The Analects of Confucius, the master lists many ways to achieve junzi, such as book XII, chapter 16. The

  • The Teachings of Confucius

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    Confucius became famous as a sage, or wise man, of China during the Age of Philosophers. His Five Classics have influenced the civilizations of most of eastern Asia. Confucius was born in the state of Lu when local rulers refused to pay homage to the emperor of a failing Chou dynasty. Confucius hated the disorder that ensued and looked back on a time when things like that were not even thought of. He studied the teachings of the sage’s whose teachings and influences had made China one whole

  • Confucius on Humanity

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    Confucius on Humanity ABSTRACT: The basic conception of Confucius' philosophy is ren, i.e., humanity, while humanity is at the same time the leitmotiv of our epoch. This accounts for why the Confucian idea is close to contemporary readers and why his teaching principles and methods has maintained vitality throughout history. Confucius explained humanity as 'to love the people,' or 'to love the masses extensively.' This led him to provide equal opportunities in education and to carry out teaching

  • Confucius in the Analects

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    as Confucius offers his insights in bettering the organization of power. His proverb-like admonitions use clear examples of everyday life allowing them to be understood and easily digested. Confucius’s own eagerness and willingness to share goodness he experienced makes it easier to apply and practice in one’s own life. In the author’s book dealing with virtue he makes an astute observation regarding the need for restraint in speech equally joined with a lack of restraint in action. Confucius relates

  • The Philosophy of Confucius

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    Qiu ) commonly known as Confucius. K'ung Ch'iu was not famous during his lifetime and traveled from state to state to gather a small group of disciples and became the first master. Confucius has an immense importance in Eastern culture and philosophy; however, there isn’t an abundance of reliable documents on the life of Confucius. The foundation of the Confucian tradition comes from concise accounts of his life and teachings in Lun Yu or The Analects. During his life Confucius never wrote any document

  • Characteristics Of Confucius

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    THE ANALECTS OF CONFUCIUS: BOOK 1 Definition: The Analects (Lun-yü) is a compilation of moral and ethical principles expressed by the Chinese thinker Confucius (K’ung Fu-tzu) in conversations with his disciples. These principles set standards for individual manner and the management of the community and government. Format and Years Written: After Confucius died in 479 BC, his followers collected his teachings in the form of discussion between him and his students. The resulting anthologygreatly

  • Confucius and Plato

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    Confucius and Plato Confucius and Plato are two of the most respected and most widely studied teachers of history. There philosophies of how people should be governed and what characteristics make for a good leader. Both men’s ideas are good for the civilizations that they lived in, and they shared many similarities in their ideas. My own ideas of an ideal leader are a mixture of these two men’s ideas. The personal experiences of both men also play a key role in how they shape their ideas. The best

  • Plato and Confucius

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    Plato and Confucius There are thousands of credible philosophers for people to study today, therefore the choice of who to study becomes a burdening task. Each single one has amazing knowledge and insight that we could all learn something from. There are people who don’t call themselves philosophers but bring philosophical thought to us, and then there are those who dedicate their lives to the love of wisdom. Philosophers have existed for thousands of years, and as long as the sun comes up, there

  • Confucius and Confucianism

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    people with extreme cultural diversity, which is nourished by different philosophies of its own. These philosophies are the beginning ideas of Chinese morality and spiritual belief, which were enriched by different intellectual heroes like Confucius. Confucius was born in 551 B.C at the end of the Chou dynasty as a descendent of dispossessed noble family. “His ancestors were of lesser aristocracy who had, however sunk to the position of poverty and insignificance by the time of his birth” (De Bary

  • Who is Confucius?

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    Who is Confucius? Who is Confucius? To some he may appear as a joke. However, Confucius, in reality, was not a laughingstock. He was a man who strived to bring peace and happiness to a world ravaged by crime and war. Confucius " did not look for paradise in the next world " like other religions but rather he was more concerned with achieving happiness in one's own lifetime. A respected Chinese philosopher, Confucius, or "Kung Fu Tzu," began as a teacher, stressing the importance of self-discipline

  • Aristotle versus Confucius

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    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

  • Confucius Argument Essay

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    The life of Confucius, a Chinese philosopher, was fundamental in the ancient Chinese empire due to his immense work in developing Chinese culture and morals. He created Confucianism, which described the way each person should live their lives, how government should be run, and was eventually adopted into Chinese culture/political system. Confucius is still relevant today due to his popular ideas of harmony among people and the prosperity of nations. He has been and continues to lead as an example

  • The Life and Teachings of Confucius

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    Confucius was a Chinese philosopher who lived and taught in a period when the unified Chou kingdom had split into a number of feudal states. The subjects that will be talked about is: The philosopher himself, the Analects and what they represent, and lastly the teachings and what a single interpretation of them could be, and what further questions could be asked for further interpretation. Confucianism is the study of the social philosophy through the secular teachings that Confucius taught, what

  • Confucius and Lao Tzu

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    Confucius and Lao Tzu Confucius and Lao Tzu were two highly known scholars in Ancient China. These scholars with their intellectual writings changed the views of the Chinese people. Confucius believed in the moral values and filial piety, he also wanted civic obedience. Lao Tzu was a mystical writer, his comparison between a "perfect world" and the "real world" made people think to act as loving and caring peoples. (Expand on what they thought about) Confucius was brought to

  • The Legacy of the Analects of Confucius

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    variance to any conception of faith; in lieu, the words of Confucius categorize themselves by default as societal steadiness on a fulcrum of the two opposing planes good and amoral; a peak at which utopian and dystopian intersect creating an equilibrium of that which is humanity. In Confucius The Analects, the wholly righteous and the inflexibly good are those who wrongfully emit virtue into the void. In book 17, chapter XIII, Confucius states "Your honest countryman is the spoiler of morals." When

  • Confucius Curry and a Mountain Dew

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    Pepsi. We could use some manners, or maybe just a reintroduction. Confucius thought is constructed on kindness and propriety, as well as holding the morally virtuous to be the ideal person. This philosophy exceedingly expresses value in benevolence, education, and the treatment of other people, but has hidden innuendos that would knock the petals off any flower child. In this reflection paper, I will dabble with how incorporating Confucius thought and practices would help in some areas of American society

  • John Confucius Research Paper

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    Confucius was a legendary teacher from China. He was born during the “Spring and Autumn Period” of Chinese history (Richey). Despite being one of the most well-known people to have ever walked the face of the earth, Confucius had relatively humble beginnings. He was born in Lu, which would be known as modern day Shantung, to a single mother. Sadly, his father had passed away before he had been born. His mother not only raised but educated him. His mother’s education of him had a profound impact on

  • Book 2 Of The Analects Of Confucius

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    The Analects of Confucius’ meaning, that peace can be found in the darkest of times is found by analyzing the historical context in which Confucius lived and in which the Analects were written. The time in which Confucius lived was a peaceful time, full of innovative and philosophical advances. Therefore, his teachings were about peace, specifically about finding it for one’s self. This value becomes even more in depth because, though Confucius was the “transmitter” of these original philosophical

  • Passages from The Analects of Confucius

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    Passages from The Analects of Confucius 128. Confucius said: “If your words are grand, you will find that it is difficult for your actions to measure up to them.” [14.21] This passage appears on page 14 in the text in the section on words and actions. The point that Confucius is trying to make here is that speaking in an exaggerated manner of yourself or your deeds is just as easy as speaking of them in any other way. But it is much harder to actually perform lofty actions than it is to perform