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Kim Week Two: Confucius In his analysis of Confucius, Willis introduces one interesting fact about Confucius—his lack of military knowledge (21). Through the conversations and works by Confucius written by his scholars, Willis recognizes Confucius offered little advice about military affairs or principles. When asked by King Wei on how he should attack his enemies, Confucius offers no advice and flees from the “impossible situation” (21). While Confucius’s flight could be attributed to Confucius’ philosophy of urging rulers to be “junzi” rather than warriors, Willis demonstrates that Confucius’s flight from King Wei’s questioning highlights that Confucius had little to offer in terms of military counsel. Although political leaders of Confucius’ time, the Warring States period, dominated because of their military prestige, Confucius preferred to “downplay” the
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Unformatted text preview: importance of military power (21). Instead, his philosophy urged rulers to follow the way and to rule with dignity and kindness in their kingdoms (22). However, Willis also highlights the impracticability of Confucius principles during crisis (24). Confucius centered on the long-term effect of his principles for producing gentlemanly rulers, but he did not offer solutions for short-term solutions which during the Warring States period were likely to be military problems. Willis demonstrates that although Confucius recognized violence contributed to the chaos of the Warring States Period, his philosophy of the junzi lacked the short-term solutions to help rulers create a stable environment in their kingdoms to follow the way of the junzi. 1...
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