Confucius and Confucianism: The Essentials

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 9, 2010 - Religion - 280 pages
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This comprehensive introduction explores the life and teachings of Confucius, and development of Confucian thought, from ancient times to the present today.
  • Demonstrates the wisdom and enduring relevance of Confucius’s teachings – drawing parallels between our 21st century society and that of China 2,500 years ago, where government corruption, along with social, economic, and technical changes, led thinkers to examine human nature and society
  • Draws on the latest research and incorporates interpretations of Confucius and his works by Chinese and Western scholars throughout the centuries
  • Explores how Confucius's followers expanded and reinterpreted his ideas after his death, and how this process has continued throughout Chinese history
  • Seamlessly links Confucius with our modern age, revealing how his teachings have  become the basis of East Asian culture and influenced the West
 

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Contents

Confucius World and His Life
1
Confucius Teachings I The Foundation of a Good Person
23
Confucius Teachings II The Foundation of a Good Society and Other Topics
45
Terms and Mozi
63
Opponents
75
Mencius
87
Xunzi
105
Confucians Confucian Texts and the Qin Dynasty
119
The Han Dynasty 206 BCE220 CE
132
From the Han to the Tang Dynasties 220907 CE
146
NeoConfucianism
159
Confucianism and Modernity
176
Issues
192
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Lee Dian Rainey is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. She has taught Chinese philosophy for over 20 years, and has published widely in the field.

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