Yang Zhu, Mozi and the Criticisms of Mencius
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The paper discusses how the day of Mencius was one of turbulence that made many push away from Confucian thought, aware that the day of sage-rulers was over. The paper describes how corruption and violence made the refomist ideas of Yang Zhu's individualism and Mozi's love of all humanity appealing. The paper shows, however, how Mencius criticized both, believing that Confucianism held the answers for precisely such a time of disorder.
From the Paper:"The reformers Yang Zhu and Mozi emerged from a period of social decay in China, the day of the sage emperors over and the country featuring many contesting feudal lords, the scholarly class falling into decadence, its members often quite idle. Under such circumstances people were not likely to see the philosophy of Confucius as very relevant and numbers came to be influenced by Yang Zhu and Mozi who offered strong departures from what had gone before. Mencius, however, held true to the teachings of Confucius that he seemed to see as a kind of rudder whatever the unwanted events in..."
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