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A Reflection of the Times? Confucius and the Ch’un Ch’iu Period

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Title: A Reflection of the Times? Confucius and the Ch’un Ch’iu Period
Authors: Orr, Katherine
Issue Date: 26 Sep 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: It goes without saying that one must study the environment into which a man is born and in which he lives to be able to understand the way he thinks. Man is the measure of all things, but all things work together to make that man the man he is. Confucius was a man much like any other but his purpose on this earth was rather unusual. For Confucius above all was a social reformer who desired a world in which men were to cooperate and by doing so create a better world. His own world was one not of cooperation but of anarchy, of conflict rather than peace. Out of this confusion, perhaps accidentally, came the consolidation of state power which created a need for bureaucratic administrators, positions filled largely by the discontented shih class. Confucius was of that class himself and was duly influenced. There was a demand for education of the shih to make them knowledgeable and effective administrators. Confucius was one of the first, if not the first, to fill the gap, to teach those who sought education. To those who came to him, Confucius offered a very new kind of education for Confucius was a revolutionary. He was a revolutionary in that he demanded change, change from the chaos of his own day to a peaceful, good world. But at the same time, he was making use of certain contemporary ideas, elaborating upon them and developing them to fit his needs. His ideas on education may be viewed as part of a current trend, although his place as perhaps the first teacher certainly sets him apart. In other aspects he was reacting to what he saw around him. He saw corruption and desired honesty; he saw violence and wanted peace; he saw men assuming positions to which they had no right and desired a return to propriety. The world he desired was one to be governed by ritual, virtue, Goodness.
Pages/Duration: ii, 48 pages
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