The Analects of Confucius were written about 500 BC and are traditionally attributed to Confucius. However, much of the actual text was written by his immediate followers over time following his death. The source is “read as a collection of profound musings on politics, morality, personal behavior, family, and culture. The Analects of Confucius is an anthology of brief passages that present the words of Confucius and his disciples, describe Confucius as a man, and recount some of the events of his life. The original audience of the words recorded in the Analects was made up of Confucius’s disciples, who passed down their master’s teachings to their own disciples, who in turn wrote them down in what eventually became the Analects. The book was used as an instructional manual to inculcate in future generations the moral values Confucius believed were critical for political leadership. In written form, Confucius’s teachings reached a wider audience, going well beyond the circle of its intended readers—rulers, officials, and aspiring “superior men.” The Analects have greatly influenced the moral and philosophical values of China and other countries in Eastern Asia. The text has remained a fundamental course of study for any would-be Chinese scholar for over two thousand years. The main idea of the source is that a man should lead an upright life, educate himself, and contribute to the betterment of society. The superior man, Confucius says, respects elders, cultivates the friendship of good people, presides over his subordinates with a fair and even hand, continually educates himself, overflows with love for fellow human beings, and in general sets a good example for others to follow. Most of his observations show a world sinking into barbarism and terror. Unable to obtain a strong political role like he desired, he reformed…
Hero is a hope. We can follow him. Hero can save world. Hero helps people in need. Hero is the great person. Some heroes have ability power to help government. Hero also is a good leader. Hero can guide us go to the right way. Confucius is my hero in my heart. Confucius was a hero because of the beliefs and wisdom he shared with others, the effort he made to make the world a better place, and the impact his ideas had upon Chinese civilization. So he was my hero. I always watch his…
the easterners thought about themselves and their culture.
Confucius (a.k.a. Master Kong) is a man who was “born of a rather impoverished family of noble descent in the state of Lu (in modern Shantung). Quickly achieved a reputation for a scholarship and learning” (“Confucius and Confucianism”). Confucius was a fifth century BCE philosopher who was considered the governing ‘genius’. Who never quite got there at the end for Confucius spent ten years traveling through the whole of China’s various…
November 28, 2012
Morality for an Atheist
Is it possible for an atheist to have good morals? This is a tough question for anyone to answer. Basically individuality is where this question ends, or not. It is also believed that having a capacity for love brings about all divine decisions.
As an infant most humans have no concept of right and wrong. Most children are raised with some sort of religion, and with what their parents consider to be morally sound…
15 August 2014
The Truth about Morality
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, is apparently follows good and evil. Who is to know that
kind of question? What deems good or evil in the end? This popular novel is written by a
nineteen year old, known among most, has always been given that main question. The characters
are usually described as evil, while some argue that they are just misunderstood or purely
innocent of such an idea. In the end…
cultures. There is a saying that is relevant to your inquiry as to the comparison to human values and its relationship with morality the sayings goes the point is that without our survival needs being met moral concerns are not a priority. So that in a natural state humans are no more morally inclined than other primates. But there is strong evidence indicating that morality stems from social instincts and learned social behavior. Where basic needs are met humans can elevate moral attitudes, and…
September 18, 2011
Ethics v. Morality
The terms “ethics” and “morality” have been topics of great debate for many centuries. Both terms are becoming ever more commonplace in casual conversation, and both are used interchangeably without much hesitation. Many scholars, however, would argue that the two terms have distinct differences – that they do not mean the same thing – and that they should be used more prudently. Authors William H. Shaw (San Jose State University) and William K.…
Are we moral because we believe in a religion, or do we have to believe in a religion to have morality? Louis Paul Pojman was a pronounced American philosopher and professor who believed that if there is no God to believe in, then there is no morality or purpose to life. Pojman believes that it is religion that gives every individual’s life a meaning to it.
Pojman wrote a very interesting essay called “Religion Gives Meaning to Life.” In this essay Pojman discusses…
Confucius, Machiavelli, and Rousseau
I have come across great thinkers before but I never read their values. After coming across these philosophies in class, I feel most of the thinkers have common viewpoints of Confucius, Machiavelli, and Rousseau.
Confucianism is all about making good impact to others in life. Confucius human nature was morally superior and his love for learning and spreading humanity was all about being teaching being virtuous. He highlighted on wisdom, compassion, and courage…
Confucius (551–479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.
The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of the Legalists during the Qin Dynasty. Following the victory of Han over Chu after the collapse…
The thought of morality is mainly the key reasons societies today act as they do. Throughout the history of mankind, there has been the long lasting argument “Is morality just a product of the evolution of our brains, with no inherent reality?”( –Alfred Rosa, Paul Escholz, Pg 362, Models for Writers-) I personally think, that it is, and throughout this research paper, I will research why or why not it may be true.
First of all, I think that morality is not just a product of our brains…