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The influence of Confucianism to transcendentalism nanshifeng AbstractFind out the similarities between Transcendentalism and Confucianism by comparisonwe also learn that the ancient Chinese culture contributes a lot to the worlds cultureAnd wetooadvocated the exchanging and communication of different culturesLearnimprove and perfect Key words Confucius Confucianism Heaven Oversoul Self- Reliance Benevolence Virtue The western societies stimulated their interests in the culture of ancient China since the 16th centurymainly by the wide spread of The Travels of Marco PoloSo in a very long period the oriental culturerepresented by China was regarded sa the diversion for leisure timesUntile the 17th century did the Europeans began to realize the value of Chinas culturesHoweverit is just because of the Europeans that the Americans began to know about it The influences of Chinas culture to Americans can be traced to tje very beginning of American literature when it became independentAlthough the Chinas culture came to western earlierthe actural effects produced in the 19th centuryIt has greater influences to the Transcendentalistssuch as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau Confucius and Confucianism are the unisputed principal parts in the feudal culture of Chinasaid Wenlan Fanthe famous historianThereforwhen we talk about the influences of Chinas culture to the Americanswe should firstly talk about the great effects of ConfucianismConfuciuss works were translated into several foreign languages in the 17th centuryThere are some books play important roles in effecting American lettersespeciallyEmersonthey are The Works of Confucius translated by Joshua Matshman The Chinese Classic Work Commonly Called the Four Books by Davaid Collie The Chinese Classic Works by James Legge Emerson and Confucius Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the most important thinkers in American history His theories and doctrines produce far-reaching influence to the birth of American literature also they play important roles in establishing of the independent American culture and even in the forming of the national characters of America He is widely known and admired as a poet man of
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