RLST 005 11.5.10

RLST 005 11.5.10 - Confucius and Confucianism Becoming...

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Confucius and Confucianism “Becoming Human”
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Confucius • 551-479 BCE in the state of Lu • Kong (K’ung) family, minor nobility • educated in history, poetry, divination, equestrian arts, ritual and etiquette • never held high ofFce • left Lu for 13 years, returned to found an academy; perhaps two dozen students • his teachings recorded in The Analects
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Confucius’ personality • complex personality • very human • a teacher of ritual and virtue
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Confucius as Janus-headed Fgure looked back to a golden age in the early Zhou to establish future state said “I transmit but do not create” -- but he redeFned: ancestral veneration notion of the student the meaning of nobility
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What differentiates humans from other social animals?
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t e abili T ± live our lives art fl y
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Five Relationships 1. Ruler-subject 2. Father-son (parent-child) 3. Husband-wife 4. Older-younger (originally of brothers) 5. Friends, peers
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The Cornerstones of Confucianism Ritual and Virtue
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Ritual
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birthday in Qufu, his birthplace
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