The Political Thought of Confucius and Plato
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This thesis attempts a comparison between the political philosophy of Confucius and Plato. The first half introduced the reader to Confucian thought, while the second half is split between discussions of Plato and comparisons between the two. Their views of leadership broadly defined receive the most attention. Special importance is placed on ideal leaders, virtue, nature and education, love, and societal organization. I argue that, due to their differing historical circumstances and epistemological assumptions, Plato provides a rigid, loveless society, while Confucius aims for a flexible, humane one. Finally, brief statement of the lessons and limits of this comparison is provided.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2010
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