Well-being and Confucianism

Authored by: Richard Kim

The Routledge Handbook Of Philosophy Of Well-Being

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415714532
eBook ISBN: 9781315682266
Adobe ISBN: 9781317402657


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Confucianism is an ethical tradition with ancient roots, spanning 2500 years of human civilization. Even today, it remains a living tradition, continuing to influence the habits, thoughts, and values of cultures and societies throughout the East. Its origin traces back to the teachings of Confucius or “Master Kong” 孔子 (551–479 bce), who offered a profound ethical vision of the ideal society characterized by peaceful order and humane relationships. 2 The achievement of such a society, Confucius insisted, rested on following “the Way” (dao道)—the correct path of moral transformation—through active participation in rituals (or rites) and the fulfillment of social roles within the context of the family and community.

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