Confucianism Fast Facts
Teachings of Confucius, the Latinized form of K'ung-fu-tzu.
6th-5th cent. BC
Confucius (551-479 BCE)
Chinese characters for scholar and water, yin-yang, Confucius images
Confucianism is a way of life taught by Confucius in China in the 6th–5th century BCE. Sometimes viewed as a philosophy, sometimes as a religion, Confucianism is perhaps best understood as an all-encompassing humanism that neither denies nor slights heaven. It has been followed by the Chinese for more than two millennia.
Confucianism has deeply influenced spiritual and political life in China; its influence has also extended to Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. East Asians may profess themselves to be Shintoists, Taoists, Buddhists, Muslims, or Christians - but seldom do they cease to be Confucians.
"Confucius," the common name of Confucianism's founder, is a Latinized form of the Chinese K'ung-fu-tzu, "Master K'ung." The terms "Confucianism" and "Confucian" are not meaningful terms in Chinese. They are Western terms, coined in Europe as recently as the 18th century.
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