'Confucianism' Chapter

Confucius

Confucianism is humanistic and focused on human concerns. That humans are innately good.

We progress and regress and always have. There have been enlightened ages, and these ages often prove later to be mixed blessings if not outright misguided. The legalist schools of Confucianism did practice book burnings. They felt that many Taoist texts and more “arcane” knowledge encourages public disharmony.

“The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters.”

“When a man’s knowledge is sufficient to attain, and his virtue is not sufficient to enable him to hold, whatever he may have gained, he will lose again.”

Confucius, The Confucian Analects

Backdrop of Confucianism

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Confucianism Q&A

What were some of the fundamentals about his thoughts or ideas? The analects of Confucius are a collection of works of his basic socio-political doctrines, and his teaching on social justice and compassion. He spoke of the need for loyalty… Seek More

Intuition and Logic

It would likely be very helpful for westerners to study Confucianism, but many western thinkers decry the eastern fusion of intuition and logic. To the western mind, logic is good, but intuition is bad.┬áTo my observation, logic being given primacy… Seek More