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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a world religion and Confucianism unit of a standard introduction to world religion course. Topics covered include:
- Beginnings of Confucianism
- Five relationships of Confucianism, Jen and Li
- Ethics and rituals of Confucianism
- Ancestor cult and the dual soul
- Teachings of Mencius and the mandate of heaven
- Teachings of Hsun-tzu
- Confucianism in the Han Dynasty
- Confucianism's decline and the Republic of China
- Confucianism in Japan and Korea
- Women and Confucianism
1. The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence
This lesson will explain the origins of Confucianism by highlighting the life and times of Master Kung, known today as Confucius. In doing so, it will focus on feudalism in China as well as the principle of jen.
2. Jen, Li, and the Five Relationships of Confucianism
This lesson will focus on Confucianism's concepts of Jen and Li. In doing so, it will highlight how the religion is often seen as a code of conduct or an ethical system. It will also explain the Five Key Relationships of Confucianism.
3. Te: The Ethics and Rituals of Confucianism
This lesson will seek to explain Confucianism's virtue of Te as it pertains to rulers. In doing so, it will explore the origins of Confucianism while also highlighting the ritual of filial piety and the concept of Chun-tzu.
4. The Ancestor Cult and the Dual Soul
This lesson will explain filial piety and its relationship to ancestor veneration. In doing so, it will highlight the Po and Hun of Confucianism's dual soul, while also discussing the funeral rites that accompany this belief.
5. Mencius Teachings and the Mandate of Heaven
This lesson will focus on the ancient Confucius philosopher known as Mencius. In doing so, it will highlight the idealized form of Confucianism, the concept of Jen and the political theory known as the Mandate of Heaven.
6. Teachings of Hsun-tzu and the Evils of Man
This lesson will focus on the teachings of Hsun-tzu. In doing so, it will explore how his philosophies on the nature of man differ from those of Confucius and Mencius. It will also highlight the concepts of Jen and Li.
7. Tung Chung-shu: Confucianism in the Han Dynasty
This lesson will focus on the life of Tung Chung-shu. In doing so, it will explain his role in elevating Confucianism to the forefront of the Han Dynasty. It will also explain the concept of Jen and the emperor as Son of Heaven.
8. Neo-Confucianism, Chu Hsi vs. Wang Yang-ming
This lesson will seek to explain the philosophies of Neo-Confucianism. In doing so, it will highlight the theories of Chu-Hsi and Wang Yang-ming. It will also explain the origins of the Four Books and the principle of the Great Ultimate.
9. The Decline of Confucianism and the Republic of China
This lesson will focus on the decline of Confucianism within the Republic of China. In doing so, it will highlight the concepts of Jen and filial piety. It will also explore the role of and the influence of the Three Principles of the People.
10. The Confucianism of Japan and Korea
This lesson will focus on the Confucianism of Korea and Japan. In doing so, it will highlight the importance of the Five Key Relationships and filial piety. It will also explore the role feudalism played in the development of Japanese Confucianism.
11. Confucianism and Women
This lesson will discuss the role and position of women in ancient Confucianism. In doing so, it will explore the writings of the Analects for Women while also defining the terms cult of chastity and patriarchal society.
12. Mandate of Heaven: Definition & Facts
Chinese emperors had a unique way to legitimize their absolute power. In this lesson, we'll explore the Mandate of Heaven and see how it impacted China.
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