Lecture%204 - Lecture 4 Mengzi (Mencius): Human Nature Is...

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Lecture 4 Mengzi (Mencius): Human Nature Is Good
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Mengzi (ca. 372-289 BCE), the Man and His Time: He was the second leading figure in the Confucian school of thought. He was a contemporary of Zhuangzi (ca. 369-286 BCE), the second leading figure in the Daoist school of thought. But there is no record that the two brilliant men ever met each other. They lived at the height of the golden age of ancient Chinese philosophy. This was the Warring States Period (ca. 475-221 BCE), a period of great political and intellectual diversity. Mengzi as a wandering teacher-scholar-expert-in-government.
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Mengzi , the Book A book probably put together by Mengzi’s disciples. It is a great text in Chinese philosophy and prose. It contains not philosophical discourses or essays, but recorded or idealized conversations and debates. Mengzi appears in the book like a persuader, a familiar character at the time.
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Mengzi’s Contributions to Chinese Philosophy: 1 First contribution--to the theory of human nature:
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2010 for the course ASIAN 361 taught by Professor Shuen-fulin during the Fall '09 term at University of Michigan.

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