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Confucius and Confucianism The Essentials

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ISBN-10: 1405188405

ISBN-13: 9781405188401

Edition: 2010

Authors: Lee Dian Rainey

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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 4/13/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

#60;b#62;Lee Dian Rainey#60;/b#62; is Associate Professor in the department of Religious Studies at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. She has taught Chinese philosophy for over twenty years, and has published widely in this field and on Daoism and Confucianism.

List of Illustrations
Preface: Why Confucius?
Book Notes
Chronology
Confucius' World and His Life
Confucius' World: Looking Back to a Long, Unified Civilization
The Zhou Dynasty
Ancestors and Spirits
Heaven and the "Choice of Heaven"
The Decline of the Zhou Dynasty and the Rise of the Warring States
The Life of Confucius
Sources
Versions of the Texts
Hagiography, the Pious Stories of Confucius' Life
Scholarly Versions of Confucius' Life
Confucius' Teachings I: The Foundation of a Good Person
Filial Piety
Dutifulness or Loyalty
Honesty and Sincerity
Rightness and Knowledge
Courage
Understanding, Sympathy, Compassion
Humanity
Ritual
The Gentleman
Confucius' Teachings II: The Foundation of a Good Society and Other Topics
Setting Words Right
For the Benefit of the People
Laws
Models
Education without Distinction
Women
The Gods, the Spirits of the Dead, and the Afterlife
The Choice of Heaven and Heaven
Fate
The Way
Terms, and Mozi
Problems with "Schools" and "-isms"
Problems with the Term "Confucianism"
Mozi and Mohism
Opponents
Daoism
The Strategists
The Logicians
Legalism
Others
Mencius
Human Nature is Good
Human Nature and Heaven
Government
Mencius on Confucian Themes
Summary
Xunzi
Human Nature is Evil
Morality is Artificial
Ritual
Government
Language
Heaven
Xunzi on Confucian Themes
Summary
Confucians, "Confucian" Texts, and the Qin Dynasty
Other Confucian Groups
Confucius and "Confucian" Texts
The First Emperor and the Reunification of China
The Han Dynasty, 206 BCE-220 CE
History and Development
The Classics in the Han
The New Text School
The Yin-Yang Theory
Qi
The Five Phases
The Status of Confucius
The Old Text School
Other Confucian Texts in the Han Dynasty
Summary
From the Han to the Tang Dynasties, 220-907 CE
Buddhism and Its Development
Confucianism from the Han to the Tang Dynasties
Civil Service Examinations and the Imperial Civil Service
The Civil Service
The Status of Confucius in Imperial China
Confucian Temples
Confucius as a God
Confucianism outside of China: Korea, Japan, and Vietnam
Summary
Neo-Confucianism
The Northern and Southern Song Dynasties
Neo-Confucianism
Issues in Neo-Confucianism
Early Neo-Confucian Thinkers
Zhu Xi (1130-1200) and Li Xue, the School of Principle
The School of Mind/Heart
Wang Yangming
Summary
Confucianism and Modernity
The Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911
Kang Youwei (1858-1927) and the Reform of Confucianism
The May 4th Movement
The Guomindang and the New Life Movement
The Communist Party and the Communist Government
New Confucians
Confucianism as the Foundation of Chinese Culture
Substance/Application
The Confucian Core
Confucianism as Religion
Asian Values
Governments: Taiwan, Singapore, and China
Critics of New Confucianism
New Confucianism's Impact and Importance
Summary
Issues
What is Confucianism?
Democracy
The Emphasis on the Economy
Ritual
Filial Piety
Education
Self-cultivation
Does Confucianism Include Women? Can Confucianism Include Women?
Critics
Is Confucianism a Religion? A Philosophy? Something Else?
Summary
Notes
Glossary of Names and Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Bibliography
Index