Confucius 's Influence On Chinese Philosophy

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Confucius, also referred to his Chinese name, Kongzi, is credited for paving a path for the beginning of Chinese philosophy and is arguably the most famous Chinese philosopher in history. Confucius believed in the process of self-cultivation to become a better, more Good of a person, the idea of treating your family with the highest respect, also known as filial piety, and keeping traditions alive with many rituals. Although Confucius has had an immense influence on Chinese philosophy and is even seen as a present-day reference for philosophers all over the world, the Chinese philosopher Mozi was also an influential figure after the death of Confucius. Mohism is evidently more of an excelling school of thought to prevent extreme crime in a dystopian Chinese society rather than Confucianism because there is much emphasis on a strong hierarchy system and acknowledgement of the lower class under Mohism which is crucial for a society filled with much crime. On the other hand, Confucianism believes heavily in rituals and traditions which may devalue the state of the theoretical unstable Chinese society and may be even the cause of the crimes within it. Confucius advocated strongly for the use of rituals to continue traditional beliefs. He said that a reliable person is “someone who is broadly learned with regard to culture, and whose conduct is restrained by the rites” and would surely “not go astray.”1 Traditional beliefs are vital for finding yourself as a person and…
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