Confucianism. Religion or philosophy?. Background: (700-221 BCE) Warring States Period. Political, economic and social chaos. Sun Tzu- wrote “Art of War” (544-496 BCE). Confucius. 552?-479 BCE K’ung Fu-tzu, Master Kung Wanted to be political advisor Little known of life.
Religion or philosophy?
Sun Tzu- wrote “Art of War” (544-496 BCE)
“I am a transmitter, not an innovator; I believe in antiquity and love the ancients.”
Ruler <-----> Subject
Father <-----> Son
Husband <-----> Wife
Older brother <-----> Younger brother
Friend <-----> Friend
*Mutual care, but respect for elders
Why do you think this is one of the most important ideas in Confucianism?
How can li mean “proper behavior” and “ritual”? What does that imply?
Temple of Heaven, Beijing
School built to study Confucianism