Mo Tzu Against Music

Mo-Tzu was a Chinese philosopher who lived during the 5th century BCE. He was a contemporary of Confucius, and like Confucius, he advocated for the practice of ritual in daily life. However, Mo-tzu believed that music was a superfluous addition to ritual and argued against its inclusion in ceremonies. In his argument, Mo-tzu first points … Read more

Comparing Confucianism and Daoism

Confucianism and Daoism are two of the most influential philosophies in Chinese history. Confucianism, also known as Ruism, is founded on the principles of Confucius, a Chinese thinker who lived in the 6th century BCE. Daoism, on the other hand, is much older and can be traced back to Laozi, a philosopher who lived in … Read more

Taoism And Confucianism Essay

Confucianism and Taoism are two of the most influential philosophies in Chinese culture. Upon inspecting the story of the daughter-in-law who lived in her husband’s household and through self-cultivation became filial to her admonishing mother-in-law, we see how similar the objectives of both Taoism and Confucianism are but and the difference on their perspective of … Read more

Mandate Of Heaven Analysis Essay

Recent travels to China have opened my eyes to both the flaws and the valuable parts of Chinese society and government. Much can be learned from the mistakes and successes of the Chinese society and government. The confucian ideals which started in China teach us the importance of respecting specific relationships, such as the priceless … Read more

Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism

Amidst the chaos of political instability and constant warring of the Zhou era, arose many intellectual thinkers that brought such a profound impact in the fields of politics, religion, and philosophy.  Even to this day, their influence can be seen on the many matters of China.  Confucianism became the paramount school of thinking and later … Read more