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Confucianism

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Department
Religion
Course
RLG100Y1
Professor
Andre Maintenay
Semester
Winter

Description
Confucianism Reading: Ch. 9 Chinese Religions, pp. 467-498 March 23 , 2011. 3 Observations of Confucianism 1. Idea that there are 5 basic relationships in society Bw parent and child, bw husband and wife, bw elder sibling and younger sibling, bw citizen and state (ruler and ruled), bw one friend and another friend Each member of this relationship ha particular obligations, duties and privileges in relation to other If each member fulfills role with sincerity, then this goes to building an overall harmonious family and society In each relationship, there is a dominant member and a receptivesubject member, e.g. king and subjects The onus is on the dominant figure to conduct himself with much greater benevolence and empathy in relation to the younger, the idea is that it will inspire a similar kind of response in the junior member of the relationship
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