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Foundations of Ideology Chinas ideology is greatly due to Confucius His views and teachings started the Chinese ideology in China and he is the first self-conscious philosopher in the Chinese tradition Mote 1989 p31 Confucius lived from 552 B C To 479 B C his teachings greatly influenced Chinese life Living a moral life was the predominant belief and goal of the philosopher and teacher Kung Chiu the founder of Ju school Liu 1995 p10 Confucius was born into minor aristocracy and was of noble status Upon the death of his mother Confucius followed the prevailing custom of going into seclusion for three years it was in this time he began examining ways of improving himself He was a self-made scholar and an expert in the code of li the code of etiquette Confucius set up a school whereby no intelligent young man would be refused he believed there was no social class in education Liu 1995p 19 It is possible that his own background played a part in his belief system His desire to educate led him to become a schoolmaster and ultimately a learned scholar What brought about the desire in Confucius to have such strong beliefs in morality Why did he feel the virtue of the gentleman needed to be taught The need for Analects could have been due to the moral decay and the political disorder present there was a great division among the political disorder present there was a great division among the aristocracy and the commonalty during the time Confucius began teaching There was political change occurring and Confucius believed his teachings were needed to keep the ancient virtues of integrity and social justice alive Confucius 1984 p39 Confuciuss teaching were more directed at the aristocracy than the commonalty the leaders of government had far greater opportunity to destroy the system justice then the lower classes Arthur Waleys 1964 The Analects of
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