Unformatted text preview: II. Aspects of Xunzi A. Background: 250 b.c, Xunzi is what westerns would call an “empiricist”. B. Elements of original human evil put him at odds with Confucianism. C. Goodness believed that human nature is inherently evil but goodness can be drawn out through activity. D. Emergence of the good in Xunzi 1. Humans want to be good because they know they are evil. 2. This knowledge of the state of evil is achieved through empiricism. 3. People must be transformed by a civilizing influence (pattern). 4. Nature may be evil, but the pattern of the cosmos is one of order and propriety. 5. The pattern of the larger correlative whole may be the moral key. 6. Xunzi believes that good emerges because of an evil condition. i. In order for man to get along we must better ourselves. 7. Li-3 is for the sake of keeping communal well-being. 8. Xunzi focuses on cultivating culture whereas Mencius focuses on cultivating the individual....
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- Spring '14
- Confucianism, Chinese philosophy, Xunzi