Learn about the teachings of Confucius with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series.Confucius was a Chinese philosopher, teacher and political figure. His teachings have profoundly influenced Asian thought and life. The impact of his life and intellectual ideas have changed human history and it can be argued that he is the most influential philosopher who has ever lived. In China, he is known as K’ung Fu-Tzu, but in the West, he is more popularly known by his Latinized name. Legend and tradition have built up around Confucius since his death around 479 B.C. It is therefore difficult to know who the “real” Confucius was. It is hard to separate fact from fiction, truth from legend.
What we do know is that Confucius was born in China around 551 B.C. in the relatively small state of Lu, located in Shantung Province. While we cannot be certain of his ancestry, it is highly probable he had aristocrats in his lineage. However, his family had fallen on difficult times and he was raised humbly without wealth or influence around him.
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The teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucius have not only influenced Asian thought, they have impacted the world for centuries, as well. His stature has grown immensely since his death, making the actual facts of his life almost inseparable from the legend and aura that has been around him. What is known about him comes through in his philosophy, which centers on aspects of respect, social etiquette, and morality. This iMinds production is given an impressive gravitas by Elouise Rothwell's thoughtful performance. Her meticulous yet gentle style puts the listener into a contemplative state that allows Confucius' significance to take hold.
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