RLG100 - Lecture 40 - Confucianism it's against this large...

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Unformatted text preview: Confucianism it's against this large backdrop of practice and illiterate culture that already had considerably refined traditions of art, music, dance, poetry - its against this kind of backdrop that we see emergence of Confucianism, associated w/t figure of: Kung Fu Tzu/Confucius 551-479bce:- roughly contemporaneous w/t Buddha and Mahavira - this prompted various scholars that this was an " Axial age " - couple of centuries before the turn of that millenium and a particular period of philosophical contemplation (great philosophers of greece were more or less contemporaneous as well)-born during Chou (Zhou) dynsaty into family whos ancestors were prominent members of previous dynasty but lost position to political struggle; Personal history : father - soldier - died when confucius was like 3 years old; Confucius wanted to be a scholar but familiy of modest means (great financial strains) so it was difficult to pursue his desires so worked jobs but also contemplated his own stuff; married at 19 had a few children, -mom died at 23...
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This note was uploaded on 08/09/2011 for the course RLG 100 taught by Professor Pearly during the Spring '08 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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RLG100 - Lecture 40 - Confucianism it's against this large...

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