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Confucianism

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Manuel Correia

on 1 July 2015

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Transcript of Confucianism

Intentions
Intellectual with a noble morality
Pursued truth, kindness and perfection throughout his life
Did not intend to found a new religion, but to interpret and revive the unnamed religion of Zhan (Chan)

Social Mores
Confucius believed that the basis lay in Zhan religion, in its rituals
He applied the term “Ritual” to actions beyond the formal sacrifices and religious ceremonies to include social rituals, courtesies and accepted standards of behavior
He saw these time honored and traditional rituals as the basis of human civilization
felt that only a civilized society could have a stable, unified and enduring social order
Human Relationships
All human relationships involved a set of defined roles and mutual obligations,
Starting from individual and family, people acting rightly could reform and perfect society
“The Great Learning”
Confucius ethical vision ran against the grain of the Legalistic mind set of his day
Acceptance
Under the Han Emperor Wu Confucianism became accepted as a state ideology
From that time on the imperial state promoted Confucian values to maintain law, order and the status quo
In late traditional China, emperors sought to establish village lectures on confucial moral precepts and give civic awards to filial sons and chaste wives
The inner pole of Confucianism was reformist, idealist, and spiritual
Until the 1890’s, serious-minded Chinese saw Confucianism, despite its failures to realize its ideal society, as the source of hope for China and the core of what it means to be Chinese
Religion?
Confucianism is often characterized as a system of social and ethical philosophy rather than a religion
Confucianism is the cornerstone of traditional Chinese culture as well as a complete ideological system created by Confucius “Master Kong”
It has dominated a feudal society that in essence has lasted over 2,000 years
Confucianism
Currently:
Although since the revolution, the public ideology of the People’s Republic has abandoned Confucian teachings, one can say there is a continuity of form
Like Confucianism before it, Maoism teaches a commitment to transforming the world by applying the lessons of utopian ideology to the actions and institutions of everyday life
Work Cited
. www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/religion/confucious

www.kenyon.edu/fac/alden/rein270/Berling-confucianism.htm
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