The Ethics of Confucius: The Sayings of the Master and His Disciples upon the Conduct of "The Superior Man"

The Ethics of Confucius: The Sayings of the Master and His Disciples upon the Conduct of "The Superior Man"

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The Ethics of Confucius: The Sayings of the Master and His Disciples upon the Conduct of "The Superior Man"

The Ethics of Confucius: The Sayings of the Master and His Disciples upon the Conduct of "The Superior Man"

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The ethical and political precepts of Confucius are not well known in Occidental countries, even to most of those who give special attention to these subjects; and of what is known, much, indeed most, is confused with the notion that Confucius taught a religion in our sense of that term.

Yet these ethical teachings, which are almost purely secular, have for more than 2000 years been accepted by a larger number of human beings than those of any other teacher. This, also, notwithstanding that the peoples who so receive Confucian morals as their guide are of the most various views concerning religion, i. e., for instance, are Buddhists, Mahometans, Taoists, Shintoists, etc. No other ethical system, whether of religious origin, or of secular, has ever been acceptable to persons professing religious convictions so diverse.

And his political maxims have been regarded as fundamental, and knowledge of them, as well as of his ethics, has been insisted upon as a prime essential to political preferment, in a nation which . . .

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