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Confucianism

Daniel K. Gardner.

August 2014; p ublished online August 2014 .

Book. Subjects: Confucianism; Customs and Traditions. 152 pages.

To understand China, it is essential to understand Confucianism. First formulated in the sixth century bce, the teachings of Confucius would come to dominate Chinese society, politics,...

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Confucianism in practice

in Confucianism

August 2014; p ublished online August 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Confucianism; Customs and Traditions. 7237 words.

‘Confucianism in practice’ shows how Confucianism was played out in everyday family life, in the moral education of peasants and elite alike, and in the administration of the state....

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Confucius (551–479 <span class="smallCaps">bce</span>) and his legacy: An introduction

in Confucianism

August 2014; p ublished online August 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Confucianism; Customs and Traditions. 4336 words.

Confucius lived in a period of the Zhou dynasty when China had splintered into small, independent, warring states ruled over by feudal lords whose authority was maintained not through...

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Epilogue: Confucianism in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries

in Confucianism

August 2014; p ublished online August 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Confucianism; Customs and Traditions. 2470 words.

The ‘Epilogue’ considers the harsh condemnation of Confucianism in the early decades of the twentieth century by leaders of the nationalist May Fourth movement. The Chinese Communist Party...

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Government in Confucian teachings

in Confucianism

August 2014; p ublished online August 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Confucianism; Customs and Traditions. 4735 words.

‘Government in Confucian teachings’ describes Confucius' teachings on the ideal ruler and the process of government. A good ruler is a superior man (junzi) who must model the morality he...

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The individual and self-cultivation in the teachings of Confucius

in Confucianism

August 2014; p ublished online August 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Confucianism; Customs and Traditions. 4908 words.

‘The individual and self-cultivation in the teachings of Confucius’ explains that a moral vanguard of individuals is called for by Confucius and his followers. These individuals move others...

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The reorientation of the Confucian tradition after 1000 <span class="smallCaps">ce</span>: The teachings of Neo-Confucianism

in Confucianism

August 2014; p ublished online August 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Confucianism; Customs and Traditions. 5426 words.

‘The reorientation of the Confucian tradition after 1000 ce’ discusses the “school” of Confucianism referred to as Neo-Confucianism, which came to dominate Chinese intellectual and...

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Variety within early Confucianism

in Confucianism

August 2014; p ublished online August 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Confucianism; Customs and Traditions. 7154 words.

‘Variety within early Confucianism’ considers two very different, early interpretations of the Confucian tradition that have influenced education, social practices, and intellectual...

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