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Selections from the “synoptic chapters” of the Mozi. SELECTED SECONDARY WORKS • Csikszentmihalyi, Mark, and Philip J. Ivanhoe, eds. Essays on Religious and Philosophical Aspects of the Laozi. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999. Anthology of essays on the work also known as the Daodejing (Tao Te Ching) by Laozi (Lao Tzu). • Graham, Angus C. Disputers of the Tao. Chicago: Open Court Press, 1989. General history of ancient Chinese philosophy. ” • Ivanhoe, Philip J. Confucian Moral Self Cultivation, 2nd ed.
In Kongzi’s view, a person of high social class might actually be a “petty man,” because he is cruel, foolish, and arrogant, while a person born into poverty and obscurity might be a real gentleman, because he is benevolent, wise, and reverent. Consequently, when Zilu asked Kongzi if “even the gentleman” must go without food, he was whining, Why should an upper-class person like myself have to go hungry? Kongzi’s reply means, If you are truly a gentleman, you will have the perseverance to endure suffering; if you cannot, then you are a petty man, regardless of how aristocratic your background.
Early History III. The Period of the Philosophers IV. Timeline 2. KONGZI AND CONFUCIANISM I. Kongzi’s Social Context and Life II. Five Themes of Confucianism 1. Happiness in the Everyday World 2. Revivalistic Traditionalism 3. The Family and Differentiated Caring 4. Ritual and Functionalism 5. Ethical Cultivation 3. KONGZI AND VIRTUE ETHICS I. Three Normative Theories II. Confucianism as Virtue Ethics 1. Living Well 2. The Virtues 3. Ethical Cultivation and Human Nature III. Limitations of Confucianism IV.
Introduction to classical Chinese philosophy by Bryan W. Van Norden