Confucius, Mozi, and Politics
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This paper examines the political career of Confucius, considering why he went into exile after being a minister of state. The paper then weighs the traditional Confucian concept of political virtue and its achievement against the philosophy of the much less known Chinese philosophical figure, Mozi, who initially was more sophisticated in his thinking but whose thought became osiified.
From the Paper:"It is difficult at best to assess whether Confucius was or was not successful politically. Accounts agree that sometime after he reached age 50, he became a minister in the state of Lu, exercising considerable power. Some time thereafter, he fell from this powerful position, and went into exile until shortly before the time of his death. Traditional accounts have contended that the duke of the powerful neighboring state of Tsi sent lavish gifts on the dule of Lu, whose foolishness in fawning over these gifts was so offensive to Confucius that he left Lu rather than tolerate it (Dubs, 1946, 273)."
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