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Confucius (551–479 BC) was a Chinese philosopher and politician.

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Have any contemporary political philosophers argued for autocracy?

Have any contemporary political philosophers argued for autocracy? I know that very few go near fascism anymore (I read this in an encyclopaedia twenty years ago: history completely disproved it all). ...
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Why is Confucianism considered a brilliant philosophical school of thought?

It is undeniable that Confucianism had a profound influence on Chinese society, and I can understand that that could be the sole reason for the strong interest in Confucianism that we see today. ...
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If Confucius was alive and started a modern school today, what would it look like practically?

Peace and Blessings. Recently I have been researching ancient practices in regards to teaching. One of such that I came across was Confucius and his approach to education. I am not well versed in ...
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Is Confucius' small man concerned with other people's inferiority, rather than his own superiority?

Is Confucius' small man concerned with other people's inferiority, rather than his own superiority? Book XV 21 says The Master said, "What The Gentleman seeks, he seeks within himself; what the ...
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Does this Confucius quote about time of achievement make sense in the modern world? [closed]

Confucius said: It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. I have doubts about it. You may manage in slow ancient China, but in our rapid world, which so quickly developing, ...
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Is Aristotle’s virtue theory somewhat similar to the Doctrine of the mean?

Doctrine of the mean: The two theories strike me as surprisingly similar in how they emphasize “the right amount”: not lacking and also not in ...
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What did Confucius mean by reflection and imitation?

Confucius said that there are 3 methods to learn wisdom: by imitation, experience and reflection. Experience is clear, what about imitation and the most unclear - reflection?
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What are the most probable interpretations of the following Confucius' quote?

"They who know the truth are not equal to those who love it, and they who love it are not equal to those who delight in it." I can see the most straightforward interpretation of it's first two parts ...
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What does 'they' refer to?

The passage below is from “Japanese Philosophy – A source book.” *Their reproductive activity has neither beginning nor end; it is without temporality. The sovereign Lord Above alone is thus the ...
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Why, according to Lu Xun, is exaltation a method of suppression?

I'm currently reading an edition of the Analects with an introduction that talks about Lu Xun. It quotes him as saying Whenever a truly original genius appears in this world, people immediately ...
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Korean Neo-Confucianism

What are the differences between the Neo-Confucian beliefs of Yi-Hwang ( Toi Gye)and Yi I (Yul Gok)? I study ITF Taekwondo, and our patterns are named for significant people, places, groups, or ...
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Which form of human nature, Renxing, do you think is more logical?

In Chinese philosophy, there are 2 main views of human nature, also known as renxing, as proposed by Mengzi and Xunzi. I want to know which philosophy seems more logical or correct. Mengzi says ...
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When were the works of Confucius first translated to the West?

I want to know how much the Enlightenment philosophers knew of the works of Confucius. This page cites a translation from 1687 into Latin, while Wikipedia talks of 3 different translations before 1700,...
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Xunzi - If inborn human tendencies are evil, how are we supposed to rectify ourselves?

From what I read on Xunzi, humans need education and ethical norms in order to remove their natural evil. Since masters are humans giving education to their disciples there appears to be a logical ...
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How have scholars reconciled Analects 14.16-17 with 15.7?

In Annping Chin's translation of the Analects (Penguin Classics, 2014), Confucius praises Guan Zhong in 14.16-17 for the work he did under a conqueror of questionable morality. He defends Guam Zhong ...
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How are virtue and learning related for Confucius?

I'm reading The Analects, by Confucius, and have a question. According to Confucius, can non-virtue be learned? There's no clear answer to this, so far, in the text.
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Is there a concept of Chinese filial peity analogous to 'making your parents proud'?

I understand that Chinese philosophy tends to venerate ancestors and the old. Does any, I suppose Confucian, concept revolve around the everyday notion of making your parents proud?
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Should this view of Zi Lu's be called "deontology" or "virtue ethics"?

Zi lu (Wade Giles: Tzu Lu) commented: ... Not to enter public life is to ignore one's duty. Even the proper regulation of old and young cannot be set aside. How, then, can the duty between ...
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What does "action without acting" (wuwei) in Chinese philosophy mean?

Source: p 67, Introducing Philosophy for Canadians: A Text with Integrated Readings (2011 1 ed) by Solomon, McDermid How can one act without acting? The question above is based on pp 65-67, which ...
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Did Confucius say "Signs and symbols rule the world, not words nor laws"?

It is claimed here that Confucius said: Signs and symbols rule the world, not words nor laws. Is this true? If so, in what work did he say this?
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