Midterm - Midterm Chinese written language and the Chinese...

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Midterm - Chinese written language and the Chinese spoken language are not part of the midterm - General Topics o Confucianism Contributions to the idea of the ideal ruler Idealized conceptions of such rulers (Yao and Shun) Episode of the metal bound coffer: Duke of Zhou The relationship between human behavior and heaven Everything is cause and effect Heaven is observing and rewarding and punishing The Mandate of Heaven: affirmed by Mencius Xunzi didn’t believe in it Importance of human hoice and action Personal example as a way to govern Noble person Confucian virtues o Especially humaneness Everyone has this capability People will respond to a good ruler o Mencius What are the 4 beginnings? What are the natural tendencies of these good beginnings? What do they become if left by themselves? What’s the primary obstacle against the development? How do we help them along? We are born good Providing people with government, education, and the means to make a livelihood Allowing people to work on their own and make their contributions Responsibility of the government What is the only criterion for rule?
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How do heaven and the people respond in the absence of good rule? How should people respond in the face of tyranny and cruelty?
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