The Ethical System Of Confucianism In China

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The last few decades have seen China and its East Asian neighbor’s record impressive gains, both economically and geopolitically. However, many analysts believe that this Eastward shift of influence and power has little to with the modern history. Unlike the West, East Asian countries are molded on “unique and heavily Confucian traditions that remain distinct from the philosophical, political and economic heritage that has framed the development of Europe and its cultural offspring” (Lin 2). Lin added that since the 80s, Confucianism has played a critical role in the rapid modernization of the East Pacific Region. Indeed, it has influenced the culture of the Chinese people for decades. It is evident that is Confucianism is shaped along morality and ethics is central to its theory and practice. The ethical system of Confucianism is commendable because virtues are highly desirable, both individually and in a social. In this paper, insights into the Confucian moral theory and practice will take center stage.
History of Confucianism
Yao claimed that the word ‘Confucianism’ is traceable to the Jesuits of the 16th century. He continues to state that Confucianism, as a religious and philosophical practice, dates back to 2,500 years in East China (Yao). Confucius is considered as the founder of this school of thought. The real name of Confucius was Kong Qiu. Qiu leaved between 551 and 479 B.C. (Lin). Although he said that he wasn’t the creator but a spreader of older

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