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Unformatted text preview: Samantha Gustafson October 6, 2004 10:40 MW Reading Response #2 Ren , the ultimate virtue in Confucian thought, is best illustrated in analect 14.12, he who does not lose his sense of justice at the sight of profit, who remains ready to give his life amidst all dangers, and who keeps his word throughout long tribulations(67-68, Analects). The Analects of Confucius is composed of many ways to achieve Ren . If broken down, the qualities of Ren can be put into four categories; Li, Jen, Te, and Wen . While each of these virtues are vastly illustrated in The Analects , Te is extremely eminent. Te is ones sense of moral righteousness. It is how they would act as a virtuous person/leader. Perhaps the most intriguing analect with respects to Te is analect 15.5, The Master said: Shun was certainly one of those who knew how to govern by inactivity. How did he do it? He Shun was certainly one of those who knew how to govern by inactivity....
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