Family Values and Political Obedience in 'Confucius' Analects'

572 Words Feb 3rd, 2018 2 Pages
While Confucius is considered one of the great thinkers of Chinese and East Asian philosophy, and the Analects as one of the most important artifacts of the aforementioned philosophical tradition, Confucius and his philosophical thinking were not recognized for their significance before the Han dynasty (206 B.C. 220 A.D.). Instead, Confucius and his works gained recognition and significance during the Former Han era (206 B.C. 8 A.D.), of which Confucius became known for his concept of the individual's potential for "benevolence" or ren.
In achieving benevolence or ren, Confucius prescribed several ways to strengthen one's moral character, which he thinks is the only way one can truly achieve ren. Interestingly, Confucius centers his discussion on moral character strengthening on developing one's values through the family, specifically, love, respect and loyalty to parents. Confucius prescribes that unconditional devotion to one's parents reflect the strength of the individual's character, whether love, respect, and loyalty are reciprocated or not:
The Master said, "In serving his parents, a son may remonstrate with them, but gently; when he sees that they do not…

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