Socrates And Confucius As Teachers

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Socrates and Confucius as Educators Neither Confucius nor Socrates were regarded widely in their lifetimes as highly valuable and distinguished men. Their fates were colored with tragic hues, but their ethics have survived them and become immortalized as treasures of world culture. Socrates had a formative influence on Western philosophy, and he emphasized logical method, the meaning of human experience, and the quest for eudaimonia through moral excellence. His famous paradox, that no one does wrong both wittingly and willingly, has challenged his philosophical heirs for centuries. Confucius founded Confucianism, or Ruija, which has influenced the politics, culture, and national identity of China throughout the past two millennia. His pursuit of the ideal society and his emphasis on human relations and on moral standards, has encouraged and summoned people with lofty ideals fo devote themselves to their mother nation for generations. Together, Socrates and Confucius influenced the societies and cities of the East and West so deeply and widely that they have been revered as saints and sages by later generations. However, in addition to these roles and accomplishments, both are remembered as great and famous teachers. As such, to most fully understand the meaning of the lives of Confucius and Socrates, they must be thought of as educators and understood within the context of education. Socrates was born and lived in fourth century B.C.E. Athens. During his lifetime he was
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