Early Chinese Philosophy

Early Chinese Philosophy - Early Chinese Philosophy...

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Reading : Confucius, Analects , Bks. 1 4, 8 13, and 17 (Lao, pp. 59 75, 92 123, and 143 48). Early Chinese philosophy .Con fu c iu s and Confucianism . Confucius (551 479 BCE) Analects : a collection of Confucius's statements, or of his most immediate disciples, made within a hundred years of his death. How should I live? How should a ruler govern? Central questions: Answers that Humans are malleable, can be changed What is human nature? (Metaphysical Question) Central question of all early Chinese philosophy: Humans are malleable by nature (see 17.2, more a presupposition than a theme) Confucius ‐‐ > Seven Important Confucian themes: a. jen as natural law or the touchstone of ethical values b. rites (li) charged with expression of jen : 8.8, 2.2, 2.4, 3.15, 8.2, etc. (cf. playing scales vs. excellence in jazz) * 4.1 (Huang translation, 1997): The Master siad: "To live among humane men is beautiful. Not to reside among humane men ‐‐ how can one be considered wise?" (emphasis added) Internalization of customs and mores in the spirit of jen (humanity, fellow feeling, "benevolence": 4.1
Background image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 03/24/2008 for the course PHL 302 taught by Professor Phillips during the Winter '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online