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Confucius, also variously known as Kung Fu Tzu, Master Kung, was born in 551 BC he died in 479 at the age of 72. He therefore predates the Macedonian Aristotle and the Greek Socrates who was born 9 years after the death of Confucius.. In common with Socrates Master Kung’s method of education was to ask questions rather than making presentations. He would quote passages from the classics and use analogies, then, wait for the student to return with answers. He was only interested in eager and fervent students. "If I hold up one corner and the student cannot come back to me with the other three I do not go on with the lesson."

Confucius was a philosopher whose ideas had a huge influence on the history and development of East Asia. He worked within a model which at first glance had restrictions to the free expansion of new ideas however the general ethos of respect together with a stable and resource rich environment enabled China to have an advanced position in the world of knowledge, science, and technology in advance of the West until the 19th Century when the Manchu dynasty was in decay. Part of the brilliance of the system was to enable the philosophy to provide the bases for co-existence of the various belief systems.

The intellectual ethos of balance epitomized in the Yin Yang has distinguished the eastern knowledge and belief systems from the atomistic western ones. I would suggest that the west must appreciate the holistic nature of knowledge or else it may well self destruct.



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