RELS 317 Confucianism

Confucianism is an East Asian tradition that dates back at least to the time of Confucius, 2,500 years ago. It may be described as "a worldview, a social ethic, a political ideology, a scholarly tradition, and a way of life." It has profoundly influenced the cultural and religious histories of East and Southeast Asia, and today is enjoying a nascent renaissance in the land of its birth. As China continues to grow larger in Western consciousness, a basic knowledge of this subject will concurrently grow in importance for understanding what many already refer to as "the other superpower." This course will cover the major figures, texts, and ideas that have occupied Confucians over the centuries, focusing particularly on their answers to the meaning of life.

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