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Confucius is one of the most important figures in Chinese history, the philosopher-founder of an intellectual, ethical tradition that has shaped a quarter of the world's population. Often overlooked outside his native country, in this study Confucius is revealed to be an outspoken and uncompromising man within the context of a China 2,500 years ago. A contemporary of Buddh Confucius is one of the most important figures in Chinese history, the philosopher-founder of an intellectual, ethical tradition that has shaped a quarter of the world's population. Often overlooked outside his native country, in this study Confucius is revealed to be an outspoken and uncompromising man within the context of a China 2,500 years ago. A contemporary of Buddha, Confucius was the illegitimate son of a retired soldier and a teenage concubine. He had a passionate belief in respect for others and it was this belief which underpinned his life and teachings. He advised the famous figures of his day, gaining their respect along with the undying enmity of those whose paths he crossed. 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. His theories became the foundation of one of the world's first civil services and established enduring social structures throughout Asia.


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Confucius is one of the most important figures in Chinese history, the philosopher-founder of an intellectual, ethical tradition that has shaped a quarter of the world's population. Often overlooked outside his native country, in this study Confucius is revealed to be an outspoken and uncompromising man within the context of a China 2,500 years ago. A contemporary of Buddh Confucius is one of the most important figures in Chinese history, the philosopher-founder of an intellectual, ethical tradition that has shaped a quarter of the world's population. Often overlooked outside his native country, in this study Confucius is revealed to be an outspoken and uncompromising man within the context of a China 2,500 years ago. A contemporary of Buddha, Confucius was the illegitimate son of a retired soldier and a teenage concubine. He had a passionate belief in respect for others and it was this belief which underpinned his life and teachings. He advised the famous figures of his day, gaining their respect along with the undying enmity of those whose paths he crossed. 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. His theories became the foundation of one of the world's first civil services and established enduring social structures throughout Asia.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    Jonathan Clements make this very understandable. There are a lot of politics going on here and it can be a bit much but under Mr. Clements tutelage, you will be just fine. I really like Confucius and want to learn as much as I can about him. I love how thoughtful and kind he was to the elderly. xviii: Husbands had a duty to their wives, the old to the young and parents to their children. If each remained benevolent, while the other remained obedient, these simple rules would extend out into the Jonathan Clements make this very understandable. There are a lot of politics going on here and it can be a bit much but under Mr. Clements tutelage, you will be just fine. I really like Confucius and want to learn as much as I can about him. I love how thoughtful and kind he was to the elderly. xviii: Husbands had a duty to their wives, the old to the young and parents to their children. If each remained benevolent, while the other remained obedient, these simple rules would extend out into the wider world, Songs will give power to your imagination and heighten your perception, they will bring you friends and teach you irony. When at home, they will bring joy to your parents. When far away, they can bring solace to your prince. pg.12 Be courteous, and you will not be humiliated. Be wide-ranging, and you will gain the love of the people. Be honorable, and others shall trust you. Be diligent, and you shall eventually succeed in every task Ana:XVII, 6 (pg.54) It is said that with good people in charge, one after the other, for a hundred years, there would be no need for capital punishment...thieves and murderers would be a thing of the past. pg. 79

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    Steph Wilson

    Great little read. After reading a rather heavy philosophy book, this was really easy to follow and very interesting. Confucius’ teachings are something we can all learn from.

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    Jackson Cyril

    Clements paints a vibrant picture of early China and the great sage whose influence on its subsequent history was profound. Confucius comes off as a man wandering from ruler to ruler trying to persuade each to adopt his ethics and mode of ruling.

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