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CHINESE PHILOSOPHY love of wisdom Chinese philosophy has passed through three distinct historical stages The Classical Age a creative period from the 6th to the 2nd century BC The Medieval Age from the 2nd century BC to the 11th century AD a period of synthesis and absorption of foreign thought The Modern Age from the 11th century to the present a period of maturation of earlier philosophical trends and introduction of new philosophies from the West Throughout all these periods Chinese thought has tended toward humanism rather than spiritualism and rationalism rather than mysticism Confucius HIS EARLY LIFE WHERE HIS THOUGHT EVOLVED Chinese philosopher and one of the most influential figures in Chinese history When you talk about eastern philosophy you cant help but talk about Confucius He is the central focus of eastern thought and his teachings branched out to his diciples like the famous Mencius According to tradition Confucius was born in the state of Lu of the noble Kung clan His original name was Kung Chiu His father commander of a district in Lu died three years after Confucius was born leaving the family in poverty but Confucius nevertheless received a fine education To learn and from time to time to apply what one has learned -- isnt that a pleasure Analects 11 He was married at the age of 19 and had one son and two daughters During the four years immediately after his marriage poverty compelled him to perform menial labors for the chief of the district in which he lived HIS CARREERS WHERE HE PUT HIS THOUGHTS INTO ACTION His mother died in 527 BC and after a period of mourning he began his career as a
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