Eastern and Western Philosophers Comparison

1077 Words Oct 29th, 2011 5 Pages
Eastern and Western Philosophers Comparison

PHI/105
May 1, 2011
Andrea Miles

There are many great philosophers. Some of them had very compelling ideas especially for their time while others ideas may have sounded compelling but the concepts just did not work. Some philosophers has similar ideas and others ideas were different. Eastern and Western philosophy is one of the ways the ideas differed. Western philosophy is generally based on logic and reasoning while Eastern philosophy is more closely related to religion and personal growth and choices. Socrates was a great western philosopher who mastered humility and understood the importance of knowledge. Confucius was an Eastern philosopher who as well understood the
…show more content…
Today I see people thinking they know everything. There is greed and hatred. To realize your full potential you have to become humble, willing to learn and see your own ignorance, flaws, and errors. Recognizing is half the battle. Confucius believed in learning and knowledge, that they must be practical and transform life for the better. He believed that if one wanted to help someone that they must first establish one’s own human character. He believed that once a person had a character that contained nothing contrary to humanity, they could then rely on that in all their actions. He also believed that if a person lived through humanistic thinking and acting they would make the “way” (Tao) great. He had a great belief that I strongly agree with. He believed that humans are not always good but can become better, which he believed would come from learning and helping others. He thought that anyone can acquire wisdom as long as they were determined. He believed that once people worked together that things would flourish and nourish one another without conflict or injury. Confucius put together a principle that explains how reciprocity applies to humans by saying, “Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you” (Moore-Bruder, 2008). I agree with Confucius because learning and knowledge is important to get…