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Title: Confucianism
Authors: Chu, HL 
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Source: In J Mackenzie (Ed.), The encyclopedia of empire, p.614-620. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, 2016 How to cite?
Abstract: Confucianism is a body of humanistic learning and thought, a code of conduct and a way of life primarily based on the teachings of Confucius (551–479 bce) but enriched by great teachers and scholars like Mencius and Xunzi in pre‐Christian times and Zhu Xi in the 12th century. Its main concern is the proper functioning of human relationships and the exercise of good government to ensure that these relationships function appropriately. It stresses man's responsibility to himself and to society and envisions a world of peace and harmony. It emphasizes learning and practice of virtues like filial piety, brotherly love, benevolence, righteousness, loyalty, faithfulness, sincerity, and dutifulness for the perfection of oneself and for public service. It was imperial China's state ideology, which also influenced the minds and institutions of Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Its adaptive and accommodative philosophy suggests it can transform itself to the service of the modern world.
ISBN: 9781118455074 electronic bk.
111845507X electronic bk.
9781118440643 (cloth)
1118440641 (cloth)
DOI: 10.1002/9781118455074.wbeoe353
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