Confucianism Versus Taoism

Cheng, Patrick Low Kim
December 2011
Insights to a Changing World Journal;Dec2011, Issue 4, p122
Academic Journal
In this paper, the practitioner-academician makes comparisons and contrasts between the two great philosophical bodies (or oldest religious traditions) of China, that is, Confucianism and Taoism. Among other things, the key commonalities of Confucianism and Taoism include being in pursuit of the Tao, close to harmony and harmony, and taking the right actions are critical than just the belief(s). The key differences are also examined here, and these, among other things, include human living and spirituality, and filial piety and nature as well as rites and beyond rites.


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