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  • The Relationship Between Lao Tzu And Marcus Aurelius

    Philosophy is a universal form of thinking that has persisted throughout time. It is an endless endeavor at trying to understand the universe and our place in it. Lao Tzu is a chinese philosopher who founded Taoism which is defined as a way of life. He wrote his ideas in a book called Tao Te Ching that is still known around the world today. Marcus Aurelius is a Roman emperor who wrote Meditations, a book that has details about Marcus Aurelius’ thoughts and stoicism in general. While these two…

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  • Analysis Of Lao Tzu And Machiavelli's The Quality Of Prince

    In Lao Tzu’s ‘‘Thought from the Tao-te Ching’’and Machiavelli’s ‘‘The Quality of prince’’, they both develop how an outstanding ruler should be by striking a balance between the people and the ruler. Lao Tzu believes since human nature is a part of the holistic universe, all human beings should follow the Way in order to be original people. If the ruler is enlightened by the Way and Tao, he will not try to compete with others because the ruler realizes everything is ought to be moderate and…

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  • Confucianism In Zhuangzi

    In Watson’s depiction, “Zhuangzi’s: Basic Writings” Confucius and the followers of his religion, Confucianism, are depicted as fools in Zhuangzi’s perspective because their views contrast with those of Daoist traditions and customs. Confucius taught and spread the ideas of societal structure, rather than to be in tune with the Tao, and hence focused more so on oneself. Throughout Watson 's depiction, Zhuangzi illustrates Daoist traditions and how they are implemented, along with criticism of…

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  • Chinese Religious Life Chapter 7 Analysis

    Robert Weller, in chapter 7 of “Chinese Religious Life,” notes that the Chinese word tian was once translated as “heaven,” but is now more commonly translated as nature. The Chinese conception of nature is unparalleled in the English language, as it encompasses “all the forces that shape the cosmos” (Weller, 125). Further, he explains that this term implicates that humans are a part of nature because humans play an integral role in the “anthropocosmic world,” a world in which the heavens and…

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  • Aristotle's Charismatic Culture: Purpose Of Life

    Charismatic Culture Imagine if every question we could ask, could be answered. What is the purpose of life? Why must people suffer? These questions, gone. No further research or time would be wasted pondering the unknown. The reality is, as famous Greek thinker Aristotle would vouch, we can’t solve every question we create. But we can approach the unexplained through the enlightenment of ourselves, and the awareness of our self-existence. This is Philosophy. Greek Philosophy is largely…

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  • Ways To Happy Americans

    Life can be a roller-coaster of emotions, but some people experience more lows than highs; as a result, people have tried to find ways to increase the number of happy moments in their life. While many paths to happiness have been proposed, one of the earliest is a philosophy, based off the writing Tao Te Ching, known as Taoism. Those that follow Taoism (also known as Taoists) say they experience less stress and live a happier life. In modern American society, it is believed that a person must…

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  • Compare And Contrast Laozi And Confucianism

    In the year 517 B.C, a man named Laozi (Lao Tzu), a contributor of Taoism (Daoism), was born. Not a lot was known about his life, but it was known that he worked at the royal court during the Zhou dynasty. Because of the growing corruption in the palace, Laozi decided to leave, but before he left, Laozi left behind his will, widely recognized today as the Tao Te Ching. Throughout history, there has been a battle for China’s most dominant religion. The two contenders were Taoism and Confucianism.…

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  • Filial Piety In Hong Kongzi

    on ren and xiao which mean benevolence and filial piety, respectively. He believes that filial piety and benevolence are interconnected and says “filial piety and respect for elders constitute the root of Goodness. (Analects, 1.2)” On the contrary, Laozi suggests in the Daodejing that “cut off benevolence, abandon righteousness, and people will return to being filial and kind. (Daodejing,…

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  • Attitudinal Daoism I: Anarchism

    The Origins of Daoism It is explained in three different theories listed below. Attitudinal Daoism I: Anarchism Attitudinal Daoism II: Authoritarian Intuitionism Pre-Laozi Daoist Theory Much of the thrust of Daoism, as we have seen, naturally motivates a reaction against the moralistic and elitist inclinations of Confucianism. Confucianism stood for a rigid, detailed, traditional pattern of hierarchical social behavior. Duties were assigned to all of one's social roles—and a person typically…

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  • Compare And Contrast Confucianism And Daoism

    Essentially, loyal advisors should remind the ruler to govern with the welfare of his subjects in mind. Daoism opposes this strategy altogether. They believed that striving to change things for the better usually made them worse. The thinking of the Laozi was that people would be better off if they were less knowledgeable, curious, envious, and conflictive. In short, Daoism was hands-off. Often, Confucianism and Daoism challenge one another on several points. They used opposing methods to…

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