551 BCE–479 BCE
Historical Period: Ancient Asia
Confucius is China’s most famous teacher, philosopher, and political theorist. In a time of great political upheaval, he sought an intellectual basis for a stable political and social order which he believed lay with a ruler who would rule with wisdom and virtue and would be opposed to force and violence.
For additional information about Confucius see the following:
- in the Forum: the Goodrich Seminar Room entry on Confucius
- Author: The Analects
- Author: The Ethics of Confucius
- Author: The Shi King, the Old “Poetry Classic” of the Chinese