Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Philosopher's Confucianism

"Aristotle makes his point about actual experience by reminding us that if we are brought up in good habits, we are already prepared to recognize the principles of good action, its source in our being," reminds James V. Schall, S.J. — Aristotelian Principles.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Yet more evidence that Confucianism is indeed one of the great philosophical traditions in human civilization, and one that needs much more study in the West.

5:51 AM  
Anonymous mcmlxix said...

According to this month's National Geographic, Singapore's Minister Mentor says Confucianism teaches that man can be improved, but he disagrees, saying that man can only be trained and disciplined. As a Confuciophile (is that even a word) and former resident of Singapore, what say you?

11:37 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Mark, of course I agree. A good place to start is with James Kalb's essay, linked to on my sidebar, Confucius Today.

mcmlxix, I'm a bit of a reluctant admirer of Singapore's Minister Mentor (although I resided in M'sia, not S'pore), but I think his comment clearly reveals that he was always a proponent of Legalism, not Confucianism, which is classically liberal by comparison.

7:45 PM  

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