Comparisons of Classic Chinese Philosophies and Their Relations to Modern Time

Write a paper discussing Confucius, Mencius, Sunzi, Xunzi, Mozi, Laozi, Hanfeizi, Zhuangzi, and Buddha in a lively dialogue on the questions of human nature, the relationship to Heaven and others, government, leadership, education, the nature of the Dao, and philosophical method and ethics. Make the debate creatively, and assume that your interlocutors have been brought back into the present time (i. e. with some contemporary evidence to support your themes and arguments).

Some guiding questions:

1. Where does Confucian and Mencius philosophy stand on the issues of humanities?

2. What are the major differences and similarities between Daoism and Confucianism? Give references to both texts.

3.  Discuss the issue of impartial (and universal) love in Mozi and Daoism. How does contemporary conflict (i. e. social, political, military, and economic) relate to this question?

4. Compare and contrast the meaning and implication of water in The Art of War, the DaodeJing, and Zhuangzi.

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