Classic Confucian and Daoist Views of Human Excellence: Culture-Nature Polemics
Compare and contrast the Confucian and Daoist understanding of the human person, and end with a comment on which view makes most sense to us.
- First articulate some Confucian views on the development of human excellence, e.g., ren or jen) and the nature of human beings. To prepare, study the teachings of Kongzi (Confucius) and Mengzi (Mencius).
- Then articulate some Daoist views on the development of human excellence (wuwei) and the nature of human beings. (To prepare, note the teachings of Laozi (Lao Tzu) and Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu).)
- Finally, comment on which view makes the most sense to you, and state why.
Clearly label and explain your answers.