Friday, February 11, 2022


CONFUCIUS (Chinese, 551-479 BCE)

Few people have impacted as many lives as the Chinese philosopher Kong Fuzi, known in English as "Confucius." Though his writings were likely the work of his students, he is credited with a number of books, the most important of which may be the Analects, a collection of teaching anecdotes. Also of interest are the short works The Great Learning and The Doctrine of the Mean, chapters from his Book of Rites that zero in on proper social behavior and right relationships, the essence of Confucianism.

  • Confucius emphasized the virtues of Ren (benevolence), Yi (righteousness), Li (proper rites), Zhi (knowledge), and Xin (integrity).
  • In addition there are Zhong (loyalty), Xiao (filial piety), and Jie (fidelity).


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