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[New Entry by Mark Csikszentmihalyi on March 31, 2020.] At different times in Chinese history, Confucius (trad. 551 - 479 BCE) has been portrayed as a teacher, advisor, editor, philosopher, reformer, and prophet. The name Confucius, a Latinized combination of the surname Kong 孔 with an honorific suffix "Master" (fuzi 夫子), has also come to be used as a global metonym for different aspects of traditional East Asian society. This association of Confucius with many of the foundational concepts and cultural practices in East Asia, and his casting as a progenitor of...

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News source: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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