Confucius—“Master Kung” (551–479 BCE), the Chinese thinker and
social philosopher—originated teachings that have deeply influenced
Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese thought and life over
many centuries. His philosophy emphasized personal and governmental
morality, justice, and appropriateness in social relationships. In
time these values gained prominence in China over other doctrines,
such as Taoism and even Buddhism. His thoughts... more...