[Ebook] ↠ Confucianism Author Daniel K. Gardner – Jwdfitness.co.uk

Confucianism First Formulated In The Sixth Century BCE, The Teachings Of Confucius Came To Dominate Chinese Society, Politics, Economics, And Ethics In This Very Short Introduction, Daniel K Gardner Explores The Major Ideas Of The Confucian Tradition, Showing Their Profound Impact On Life In China Over The Last Twenty Six Centuries Gardner Focuses On Two Of The Sage S Most Crucial Philosophical Questions What Makes For A Good Person And What Constitutes Good Government And Traces How The Great Thinkers Within The Confucian Tradition Responded, Often Quite Differently, To These Questions As Gardner Makes Clear, Confucianism Is Still Very Much Alive Even Today The Current Chinese Government Invokes Confucian Political Ideals To Promote Its Policies, And The Chinese People Are Again Looking To Its Teachings For Moral Direction In A Time Of Rapid Socioeconomic Change.

10 thoughts on “Confucianism

  1. says:

    The Adaptive Disciples Robert Bellah has said that every religion tries to remake the world in its own image, but is always to some extent remade in the image of the world. This is true of most religions, but how they are remade reflects also the extent to which, and the manner in which, they themselves actually try to remake the world.In this VSI, Gardner takes us through the beginnings of the Confucian movement where we see Confucius transmit an idealized sociopolitical vision from the early Zhou past to a select group of followers, who then keep the light alive even though the Master did not get much popular acclaim in his own day Then we follow along as the faithful followers and their disciples, over the centuries, elaborate on this vision, some emphasizing one aspect, others another, such as Mencius and Xunzi sometimes even managing to take a common tradition in entirely opposite directions Later we encounter the Neo Confucian movement, now almost a millennium after the Master s time, reacting to new developments by interpreting his core ideas from the stand point of new metaphysical concepts such as qi, li, yin and yang, among others converting the original practical vision into a universal vision that is meant to explain the how and why of the original thoughts and to explain everything else...

  2. says:

    Read this to use as a source for my essay on Confucianism in Ancient East Asian societies.

  3. says:

    This one was really good, exactly the right level of detail for an introduction and as pacey and involving as a thriller At times I found it hard not to draw lazy parallels with familiar territory Oh so he s kind of like the Chinese Hobbes I thought when reading the chapter on Xu...

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    Wow I found this book riveting It was concise and well written It didn t cover everything, but it certainly whetted my appetite for It gave a basic introduction to Confucius ideas, the developments of Mencius and Xunzi, the philosophies of Zhu Xi s Neo Confucianism, and the practical realities for Confucianism through the twentieth and twen...

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    Confucianism A Very Short Introduction, by Daniel K Gardner, is something I picked up in the hopes of filling some of those gaps in my knowledge of world philosophy which, if we re being honest, is not stellar to begin with At 120 easy to read pages, Gardner work was a very enjoyable primer on one of the most important worldviews in world history.The book begins with an overview of Confucian himself and his life Apart from the Master s own somewhat suspect historicity, Gardner walks us through how many of Confucianism s major works, such as the Analects, were not the transcribed speeches of a great sage but synthesized over centuries, in a manner not dissimilar to how the Old and New Testaments gradually composed their canonical contents.There s an overview of the teachings of Confucianism what I can only assume is a good if broad survey touching on everything from filial piety to proper governance There are indeed many elements of Confucian tradition I found cause to admire self cultivation through education, the value placed on helping others, meritocracy, the will of the people expressed through the Mandate of Heaven, etc and plenty not to, including an overemphasis...

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    Confucius core beliefs 1 Man can become a sage2 Moral goodness results from self cultivation3 Learning is self cultivation process4 Vanguard elite is essential in promoting morality among the people5 Good governance depends on the virtue of the ruler, to create a condition where people can become good and society can become harmoniousAnother good point Confusius emphasize the importance of learning He once said in a haml...

  7. says:

    A great introduction to this often misunderstood belief system I appreciate this book for going into Xun Zi, a successor to Confucius, who isn t well known in the West but holds some fascinating insight in his own works.

  8. says:

    Informative and clear It s not really a four star book, except by comparison to some of the other books in the VSI series It does exactly what it s supposed to do give the key elements of the thing in an accessibly introductory way.

  9. says:

    I am taking a course on East Asia and this is one of the many books they gave to me I learned so much about Confucianism I wish that the print were a little larger on this book, older aged eye complaints I have several other books related to this class that I hope to complete this week

  10. says:

    I enjoy this series and will definitely read others in fields outside my own traditional interests I understand the necessary limitations for a short introduction, but I wish the author gave a little attention to Wang Yangming as well as how Confucianism evolved to be a reli...

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