Confucianism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Confucianism the teachings of Confucius emphasizing love for humanity; high value given to learning and to devotion to family (including ancestors); peace; justice; influenced the traditional culture of China
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Confucianism The political morality taught by Confucius and his disciples, which forms the basis of the Chinese jurisprudence and education. It can hardly be called a religion, as it does not inculcate the worship of any god.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n confucianism Properly, the ethico-political system taught by Confucius. He sought (unsuccessfully) to remedy the degeneracy and oppressions of his time, and to secure peace and prosperity to the empire, by the spread of learning and the inculcation of virtue, setting up as models to be imitated the “ancient kings” Yao and Shun (about 2356-2204 b. c.), who, by their virtue and the force of their individual character, were said to have removed evil, poverty, and ignorance from the empire. The system of Confucius was essentially mundane in its methods and aims, being based upon the proper discharge of the duties involved in the five relationships of life, namely, those of prince and subject, parent and child, brother and brother, husband and wife, and friend and friend. By many Confucianism is called one of the three religions of China, the others being Taoism and Buddhism. In this sense the term includes both the Confucian scheme of ethics and statecraft and the ancient native religion (for which the name Sinism has been proposed) existent in China from the dawn of Chinese history, and still observed as the state religion. Its chief features are: the worship of the Supreme Being (Shang-ti) by the emperor on behalf of the people;
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Usage

In literature:

The Chinese Republican is of the mandarin class, but of a new generation which veneers its Confucianism with Western polish.
"The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu" by Sax Rohmer
Such appears to have been, in all ages, the Confucian economy.
"What is Property?" by P. J. Proudhon
The system known as Confucianism was not originated by Confucius.
"The God-Idea of the Ancients" by Eliza Burt Gamble
Taoism cannot be understood without some knowledge of Confucianism and vice versa.
"The Book of Tea" by Kakuzo Okakura
I'll accept your Confucianism.
"The Research Magnificent" by H. G. Wells
Buddhism is the prevailing faith of the masses, Confucianism of the upper classes.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
During this period, too, many days were profitably passed at the Confucian Temple, a picture of which is given in this volume.
"Across China on Foot" by Edwin Dingle
The particular form of Confucian moral philosophy which it held was forced on all public teachers of Confucianism.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
Apart from filial piety, Confucianism was, in practice, mainly a code of civilized behaviour, degenerating at times into an etiquette book.
"The Problem of China" by Bertrand Russell
Religion cannot be limited to Christianity, Buddhism, Confucianism or Mahomedanism.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
Philosophy and subsequent Development of Confucianism.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
The State religion, which was Confucianism, was ancestor-worship.
"Myths and Legends of China" by E. T. C. Werner
Confucianism is an admirable religion for State ceremonies and College chapels.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Their tenacity in holding to it made the Confucian ethics more welcome when they came.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
Of the three religions, Confucianism has a disputable claim to the title.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
A second idea of the Confucian system came also from the old conceptions of the Chou conquerors, and thus originally from the northern peoples.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
So these boys very early became acquainted with the dogmas of Confucianism, Mohammedanism, Christianity.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12" by Elbert Hubbard
We also visited a Confucian Temple, big and used twice each year.
"Letters from China and Japan" by John Dewey
For Confucianism, which cannot, strictly speaking, be classed as a religion, see CONFUCIUS.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
All this comes to us from the Confucian "Book of History," which goes on with questionable stories of many later emperors.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 12 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
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In news:

One cornerstone of Confucian thought is filial obedience.
Throughout the wooded area were large mounds – the burial sites of other Confucian descendants.
Throughout the wooded area are large mounds the burial sites of other Confucian descendants.
The Confucian View of Shame.
Law, therefore, was not paramount in restraining conduct in the Confucian world view.
He is the author of "China's New Confucianism" and co-author of "The Spirit of Cities".
Along with Marxism- Leninism he taught his own brand of revolutionary ethics: thrift, prudence, respect for learning, modesty and generosity -- virtues that, as Duiker notes, had far more to do with Confucian morality than with Leninism .
The two fastest-growing economies in the world are China, which is reviving some of its old Confucian ways as it prospers, and Turkey, a secular state ruled by an Islamic-oriented party.
Or have the Chinese discovered some new Confucian synthesis of free markets and authoritarian rule.
Cadres at the newly built Communist Party school in Shanghai proudly tell visitors that the main building is modeled on a Confucian scholar's desk.
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