Taoism - Confucius The Analects and Taoism: Lao Tzu...

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Confucius “The Analects” and Taoism: Lao Tzu Confucianism and Taoism are two of the most influential philosophies in traditional China, though they had antithetical ideas. Their system of beliefs contrasted with each other, as well as Legalism, which was a much more radical attitude. However, comparing Confucius’ ideas of government with those during the golden age of Greek philosophy was reasonably similar, though Taoists politics were contrasting. They had a different view of the universe and human happiness and their way of life continues to be relevant to that of modern-day. Although each doubted old principles and traditions and wanted to bring new value and purpose in Chinese life, Confucian philosophy is considered to be antithetical to Taoism. Confucius believed in the flawlessness of everyone, creating a utopia. This ethically advanced lifestyle was contradicted by Taoism, which promoted people to be morally open and politically practical.
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2010 for the course HIST 1301 taught by Professor Daniels during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas-Tyler.

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