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  Confucius (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Confucius is described, by Sima Qian and other sources, as having endured a poverty-stricken and humiliating youth and been forced, upon reaching manhood, to undertake such petty jobs as accounting and caring for livestock.
Confucius' traditional association with these works led them and related texts to be revered as the “Confucian Classics” and made Confucius himself the spiritual ancestor of later teachers, historians, moral philosophers, literary scholars, and countless others whose lives and works figure prominently in Chinese intellectual history.
Confucius believed that this sort of rectification had to begin at the very top of the government, because it was at the top that the discrepancy between names and actualities had originated.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/confucius   (3624 words)

  
 Confucius   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The philosopher Kong Qiu (K’ung Ch’iu), known to the West as Confucius, was born in 551 bc in the state of Lu in northeastern China.
In his youth, Confucius was fascinated by Chinese tradition and ritual, and came to see his calling in imparting that tradition and ritual to present and future generations.
Confucius taught an intensely conservative ethical system which sought to restore the fallen status of moral tradition, family and kingdom in a time of disorder and corruption.
www.thoemmes.com /404.asp?404;http://www.thoemmes.com/encyclopedia/confucius.htm   (1115 words)

  
 Confucius - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Confucius (Chinese 孔夫子, transliterated Kong Fuzi or K'ung-fu-tzu, literally "Master Kong", traditionally September 28, 551 BCE–479 BCE) was a famous Chinese thinker and social philosopher, whose teachings deeply influenced East Asian life and thought.
Confucius also heavily emphasised what he calls "rites and music," referring to these social conventions as two poles to balance order and harmony.
Confucius' teachings were later turned into a corps de doctrine by his numerous disciples and followers.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Confucius   (2523 words)

  
 Qufu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Qufu is the legendary birthplace of Confucius; it served as the capital of the State of Lu during the Spring and Autumn Period.
Since Confucius' descendants were conferred noble titles and were given imperial princesses as wives, many of the tombs in the cemetery show the status symbols of noblemen.
The family mansion was inhabited by descendants of Confucius until 1937, when Confucius' descendant in the 76th generation fled to Taiwan.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Qufu   (1323 words)

  
 Malaspina Great Books - Confucius (551 BCE-479 BCE)
According to traditional belief, Confucius was born in 551 BC (during the Spring and Autumn Period,; at the beginning of the Hundred Schools of Thought philosophical movement) in the city of Qufu in the Chinese State of Lu (now part of present-day Shandong Province and culturally and geographically close to the royal mansion of Zhou).
In this respect, Confucius is considered a great proponent of conservatism,; but a closer look at what he proposes often shows that he used (and maybe twisted) past institutions and rites to push a new political agenda of his own: he wanted rulers to be chosen on their merits, not their parentage.
In the days of Confucius, as at present, there was in every family home, from the palace of the king himself down to the humble cabin of the peasant, a chamber or closet called the ancestral shrine, where wooden tablets were reverently kept, inscribed with the names of deceased parents, grandparents, and more remote ancestors.
www.malaspina.org /home.asp?topic=./search/details&lastpage=./search/results&ID=426   (6963 words)

  
 Confucius
Confucius' traditional association with these works led them and related texts to be revered as the “Confucian Classics” and made Confucius himself the spiritual ancestor of later teachers, historians, moral philosophers, literary scholars, and countless others whose lives and works figure prominently in Chinese intellectual history.
Thus Confucius' warning about the ill consequences of promulgating law codes should not be interpreted as an attempt to prevent their adoption but instead as his lament that his ideas about the moral suasion of the ruler were not proving popular.
Confucius believed that this sort of rectification had to begin at the very top of the government, because it was at the top that the discrepancy between names and actualities had originated.
www.seop.leeds.ac.uk /archives/fall2004/entries/confucius   (3320 words)

  
 Electronic Passport to Confucius
Confucius was a sage, or a very wise man. He was not well known when he was alive, but today he is the most remembered person from ancient China.
Confucius taught that government officials should earn their jobs through education and talent.
Confucius said, "Let the ruler rule as he should and the minister be a minister as he should.
www.mrdowling.com /613-confucius.html   (387 words)

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