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Japanese Confucian Philosophy

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[Revised entry by John Tucker on February 13, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] In Japan, Confucianism stands, along with Buddhism, as a major religio-philosophical teaching introduced from the larger Asian cultural arena at the dawn of civilization in Japanese history, roughly the mid-sixth century. Unlike Buddhism which ultimately hailed from India, Confucianism was first and foremost a distinctly Chinese teaching. It spread, however, from Han dynasty China, into Korea, and then later entered Japan via, for the most part, the Korean peninsula. In significant respects, then, Confucianism is the intellectual force defining much of the East Asian identity of Japan, especially in relation to philosophical thought and practice. While there is a religious dimension to Confucianism, its teachings - ethical, epistemological, metaphysical, political, and aesthetic - are typically understood in relation to the socio-political world of humanity, beginning with the individual and. . .

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