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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?