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Introduction to China Discussion session Feb. 8, 2011 Questions: What are the meanings of “ren” in Confucius’s teachings? o Complete virtue Humanity o How to fulfill perfect virtue: “reciprocity” What is “li” (rituals/rules of propriety)? Why is “li” important? o Obligations to parents o When relations are harmonious, stability in society is achieved Why did Confucius believe that “li” was a better means than laws and punishment to govern the people? o No need for military or punishment if everybody follows rules of propriety What is the biggest difference between the ideas of Confucius and Mozi? o Mozi – universal love; practical perspective; profit and utility o Confucius – served aristocrats Where does Mozi’s idea of “universal love” differ from Confucius’s idea of ren? o Mozi – we are all connected through love o Confucius – increments of love; nuclear family is more loved Did Confucius and Mozi believe in any kind of supernatural power? What is it?
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