Yesterday we tackled his concepts of learning (xue 學) and the gentleman (junzi 君子). Can we very briefly remind ourselves of what we decided he had in mind?
Today we will continue our discussion of Confucius, focusing in particular on: (a) Confucius’s concept of rites/ritual (li 禮) the claim in The Analects 1.2 that “filial piety (xiao 孝) and respect for elders constitute the root of goodness/compassion (ren 仁).”
In addition to defining these terms, we will want to think about how these terms relate to our own personal experiences. How do you think your life relates to Confucius’s ethical admonitions?
Before us are selections from two different books written over a millennium apart. The first, The Book of Rites (Liji 禮記) purports to record the daily ceremonies of the golden age of the Zhou dynasty. While certainly ancient, it is unlikely they were edited by Confucius as is traditionally claimed. The second, The Twenty-Four Paragons of Filial Piety was written much later amid the effort to popularize Confucian thought known as Neo-Confucianism (Lixue 理學), hence the digestible narrative style.
Confucius and you:
Homework: Assignment #111.
HS150 Global Thinking