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Confucius On David Brooks

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2012 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Knowledge in, knowledge out -- no thought. Is that the definition of learning? Confucius thinks not.

'Bowling Alone' -- With Confucius

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2012 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Learning is unceasing -- and is fulfilled in company -- in community with others, in cooperation with others, in care for others, in friendship with others.

New Year's Resolution: A Confucian View

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 02.28.2012 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

The point of a resolution is the establishment of a goal and the commitment to that goal. We want to be a better person whatever our religious or non-religious persuasion and we make a resolution to pursue ways to fulfill that goal.

'Tis The Season -- With Confucius

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 02.19.2012 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

And so, in turning toward Confucius we will look for what he believed to be that highest ideal of which he felt each and every person was capable. Such an ideal was captured for Confucius in the term chün tzu, Noble Person.

Teacher Absences: What Would Jesus Say?

Carolyn Bucior | Posted 12.11.2011 | Comedy
Carolyn Bucior

We see a fig tree, full of fruit, and hear a sheep bell ring purposefully. At the bottom of hill, Simon slips on his sandals. SIMON: Race you to the top!

The Amazing Race: Confucius Meets Twitter

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 11.29.2011 | Technology
Hemanshu Nigam

The Amazing Race came back with yet another exciting season premier this weekend. From the start we saw a lack of preparation by 'the showgirls' that...

Back To School With Confucius

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

The relation of learning and thought is critical to Confucius. Learning is the acquisition of knowledge. But knowledge without thought is perilous indeed.

Fun September Holidays You May Not Know About

Katie Campbell | Posted 11.13.2011 | Home
Katie Campbell

There are plenty of off-the-beaten path holidays to celebrate this month to keep life interesting and your party game on point.

Confucius Goes To Washington

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 10.18.2011 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Confucius witnessed increasingly hegemonic factions garner power with no attempt to emulate the ways of virtue spelled out by the ancients. There was nothing but the quest for power and authority with no accountability. Sound familiar?

West Meets East: Confucius And Bertrund Russell

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 10.15.2011 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Could the Confucian perspective on learning be the reason for Russell's great admiration of Chinese thought after his visit to China in the early 20th century?

Confucius On Summer Vacation

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 09.16.2011 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

In the leisure of our own thought, we ask the question of the nature of Confucius' leisure ... We tend not to think of a founder of a religious tradition or their zealot followers as having many moments of leisure! But is that an accurate impression?

Confucius And Martin Buber: Understanding Goodness

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 09.09.2011 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

There is a remarkable comparison to be made between Confucius' utilization of jen, goodness, and Martin Buber's idea of "I and Thou."

The Role(s) Of Confucianism In Society

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 08.06.2011 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Is Confucianism best represented as a political system or is Confucianism best described as a religious tradition?

Chuang-tzu: The Tao Of Perfect Happiness

Livia Kohn, Ph.D. | Posted 08.04.2011 | Religion
Livia Kohn, Ph.D.

"What I mean... is that the person does not allow likes and dislikes to enter and burden his social self, but always goes along with his inherent naturalness, never trying to improve on life."

Who Was Confucius And Why Does It Matter?

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 07.18.2011 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

We need to understand that in the centuries following Confucus' death, his teachings became the official ideology of the Chinese state, a position held with virtually no break into the 20th century.

Mao Reclaims Tiananmen Square: For How Long?

Daniel K. Gardner | Posted 07.13.2011 | World
Daniel K. Gardner

What do Chinese artist-activist Ai Weiwei and the iconic sage Confucius have in common? They've both recently disappeared from public sight without explanation.

Confucius Statue Shows Up On China's Tiananmen Square (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIJING (AP) - There's a new face keeping Chairman Mao company on Tiananmen Square. (Scroll down for photos) A mammoth sculpture of the ancient phil...

Merry Christmas, China!

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Doctoroff

Just because China has embraced Christmas does not mean the country is becoming Western. Looks can be deceiving. Christmas tunes play on radio sta...

"Confucius" and "Avatar" at the Chinese Multiplex

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

The contrasts between the two movies fighting for box office supremacy in China are obvious. Each is linked to the return to prominence of someone who, not long ago, seemed washed up.