Confucius

Confucius

A Throneless King

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Baker & Taylor
Offers a fresh look at the philosophical and ethical teachings of Confucius and discusses his life and times.

Norton Pub
Confucius is one of the most important figures in Chinese history, whose philosophies have shaped world culture. Often overlooked outside his native country, Confucius himself was a fascinating figure. A contemporary of Buddha, Confucius was outspoken and uncompromising man who revolutionized Chinese society nearly 2,500 years ago, when the country was merely a loose web of feudal provinces. No small feat for the illegitimate son of a retired soldier and a teenage concubine, who once received a prophecy from the local fortune-teller that she would give birth to a “throneless king.”Perhaps because of these humble beginnings, Confucius had a passionate belief in respect for others and this belief underpinned his life and teachings. He advised the emperors and kings of his day, gaining their respect and undying enmity along the way. he was equally proud of both achievements, saying that if the evil people of the world liked him, he was doing something wrong. Confucius established many ideas that are taken for granted today, from respecting one‘s parents to the Golden Rule, to virtue being its own reward. his theories became the foundation of one of the world‘s first civil services and established social structures throughout Asia that still exist today.
An illuminating study of Confucius's philosophical and ethical teachings.

Blackwell Publishing
Scholar, philosopher, and political sage, Confucius is one of the most important figures in Chinese history, and his teachings have shaped world culture. A contemporary of Buddha and a predecessor of Socrates, Confucius lived in the sixth century BC, when China was wracked by warfare between rival fendal states. In response, he developed a system of social and political behavior that he hoped would create peace and harmony throughout the land.

His teachings attracted a large number of pupils, but were largely ignored by the rulers of China's various kingdoms during his lifetime. After his death, however, his teachings were kept alive by his followers, and soon, all of China's rulers had adopted his philosophy. No small feat for the illegitimate son of a retired soldier and a leenage concubine, who once received a prophecy from the local fortuneteller that she would give birth to a "throneless king." Perhaps because of these humble beginnings, Confucius believed in respect for others and the power of education. Not only did his teachings become the foundation for China's government, educational system, and social structure, but were later embraced by Vielnam, Korea, and Japan.

Beyond its profound influence on East Asia, Confucianism has also fascinated Western thinkers and philosophers for conturies. Meher McArthur's accessible and thoughtful book traces the outline of Confucius' life and examines why this seminal figure is still relevant today.

Baker
& Taylor

Offers a fresh look at the philosophical and ethical teachings of Confucius. By the author of Reading Buddhist Art An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols.

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc 2011
ISBN: 9781605981178
1605981176
Branch Call Number: 181.112 MCA
Characteristics: 320 p.

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