Xunzi - Xunzi Chinese Confucian scholar during Warring...

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Xunzi - Chinese Confucian scholar during Warring States Period - Contributed to one of the Hundred Schools of thoughts - Did NOT believe that man is innately good o Human nature is evil o Man’s inborn tendencies (toward evil) need to be restrained by education and ritual - We are born with the desire to profit - We are born with hatred - We are born with desire of beautiful things and sounds - There is a danger of excess even too much of a good thing can be bad. - Our natural tendencies work against Confucians principles - When we follow the principles of ritual, we are in tune with the universe - Emphasizes voluntary acceptance and does not emphasize punishment - Ritual is our salvation - Important ritual rights o We sacrifice heaven and earth (we show appreciation of heaven and earth) o We sacrifice for our ancestors and therefore honor and respect them o We sacrifice for our teachers because they are the ones who teach proper example - Humankind makes the institutions and virtues that we follow, which is why we honor our ancestors. These virtues are not innate or God-given
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