Tagged: Confucius

Oscar Wilde’s review of the Zhuangzi

Relating to CC102′s study of Confucius, and Prof. Wiebke Denecke’s lecture on Confucian China, is the Zhuangzi, a compilation of wisdom teachings much like the Dao De Jing. After scrupulous analysis of Herbert A. Giles’s 1889 translation, Oscar Wilde comes to the following conclusion in his review: It is clear that Chuang Tzu is a very dangerous […]

Sting & Confucius

The Core presents a song by Sting titled Englishman in New York. It’s message relates to CC102′s study of the Analects of Confucius. The Confucian idea of the ethics of a “gentleman”, to some extent, provides directions on how to behave in the “gentlemanly” way when in a foreign land. Sting addresses this idea of […]

Applying Confucian Ethics to International Relations

In view of CC102′s study of the Analects of Confucius, the Core presents an interesting discussion of Confucian ethics when applied to international relations. Here is a sample: Chinese ethics is a deontological system that has a continuity spanning a range from personal to public concerns, without differentiation. A good society, a good state, and […]

Analects of the Core: Confucius on the force of words

Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men. – Confucius, Analects (Book 20, Chapter 3)

Happy Year of the Rabbit!

In the coming weeks, you’re going to see more posts from Core lecturers and faculty here on the Core blog, as we find ways to share part of the Core classroom experience with you readers. Prof. Eckel invited Prof. Wiebke Denecke — who lectured this past Tuesday on Confucius for the students of CC102 — […]

Analects of the Core: Confucius on flaw

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. – often attributed to Confucius, whose Analects are studied in the second-semester freshman humanities, CC102: Antiquity and the Medieval World. [Tertiary research suggests this is derived from 寧可玉碎,不能瓦全, a Chinese proverb meaning roughly "Better be a piece of broken jade than unbroken tile."  Why this […]

Analects of the Core: Confucius on thought and learning

He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger. -Confucius, Lunyu (“Analects“) 2.15