Confucius

Confucius

[kuhn-fyoo-shuhs]
noun
(K'ung Ch'iu) 551? b.c.–478? b.c, Chinese philosopher and teacher.
Chinese K'ung Fu-tzŭ.
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Confucius (kənˈfjuːʃəs)
 
n
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

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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 L. 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).
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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.

An engraving of the Chinese philosopher

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