k’ung ch’iu


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  1. personal name of Confucius.

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  1. K’ung Ch’iu, 551? b.c.–478? b.c., Chinese philosopher and teacher.

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  1. Chinese name Kong Zi or K’ung Fu-tse. 551–479 bc, Chinese philosopher and teacher of ethics (see Confucianism). His doctrines were compiled after his death under the title The Analects of Confucius

1837, Latinization of Chinese K’ung Fu-tzu “K’ung the philosopher (or Master)” (c.551 B.C.E.-c.479 B.C.E.). The name first appears in a Latin publication of Chinese works (Paris, 1687). Connection with the martial arts kung-fu is obscure, uncertain. His philosophy based on the Golden Rule: “What you do not like when done to yourself do not do to others.” Related: Confucian (adj., 1837); Confucianism (1846).

A Chinese philosopher of the sixth century b.c.; the founder of Confucianism. His teachings have come down to us as a collection of short sayings.

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