Confucius and Socrates

Among Western scholars, comparisons between Confucian literature and the Platonic corpus are made frequently. To their credit, both literary characters are memorable for their obsession with virtue and the appropriate means of political life. Both, presumably, emphasize the importance of a rigid social or political order, devotion among the citizenry, and both were considered a threat to their … Continue reading Confucius and Socrates

Introduction to the Analects of Confucius

Master Kong, or the latinized version of his name "Confucius", is a figure that looms large over Chinese thought. He is said to have lived during the 'Warring States' period in ancient China, during the Zhou dynasty, also referred to as the Spring and Autumn period. Much of his subsequent doctrine was influenced by the need … Continue reading Introduction to the Analects of Confucius