9_10_Notes - Econ 4730 F2008 (9/10/2008) In our discourse,...

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Econ 4730 F2008 (9/10/2008) In our discourse, East Asia is characterized by the influence of Confucian ethos, which is a moral philosophy, similar to the moral philosophy of most major religions. The points emphasized are about: a. Personal behavior b. Inter-personal code c. Erudition in received wisdom d. De-emphasis of secular ambition When the discipline of the first three elements are still intact, but the last is eroded, the society is poised for worldly success, in gathering knowledge and wealth. Confucius was dedicated in humanitarian ideal, and abhorred the violence and chaos of his day, so that he steered disciples away from religiosity, scientific inquiry or historical accuracy, but upheld a social norm derived an idealized and modified version of past conventions. Recent views dispute the assertion of Max Weber who maintained that Confucian teachings distract development efforts, and claim that Confucian tradition is helpful for growth. Morishima claimed that Confucian tradition of
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