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Confucianism: Ethics and Business. Analects

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Confucian Ethics. Ritual. Business and Confucianism (China, Japan)

Confucianism Ethics and Business

  1. Introduction to Confucianism
  2. Confucius
  3. Confucian books. Analects
  4. Fundamentals of Confucianism
  5. Principles of Confucian Ethics
  6. The Confucian hierarchy
  7. Confucianism today
  8. Case Study: companies and Confucian values
    1. Zhang Ruimin “The Confucian Businessman” (China)
    2. Chang Yung-fa (I-Kuan Tao). Director Evergreen (Taiwan)
    3. GALANZ (China)

Sample - Confucianism, Ethics and Business
Confucian Ethics. Golden Rule of Confucianism: Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you

Taoism, Confucianism and Business

The objectives of the subject “Confucianism, Ethics and Business” are the following:

  1. Le analyze the fundamentals of Confucianism
  2. To understand Confucian ethical principles
  3. To learn about the influence of Confucianism on business
  4. To analyze Confucian Businessman

“Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you” - Confucianism Golden Rule.

Asia Masters, Doctorate (Global Business, Foreign Trade)

The Subject “Confucianism, Ethics and Business” belongs to the following Online Programs taught by EENI Global Business School:

Doctorate: Ethics, Religion & Business.

Doctorate in International Business (DIB) Online

Masters: International Business, Religions & Business.

Masters in International Business and Foreign Trade (MIB)

Course: Taoism, Confucianism & Business.

The students who have taken this subject can validate and register for a Master or Doctorate at EENI.

Learning materials (Confucianism): Masters, Doctorate, International Business, English or Study Master Doctorate in International Business in Spanish Confucianismo Study Doctorate in International Business in French Confucianisme.

  1. Credits of the module “Taoism and Confucianism”: 3 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: three weeks
  3. Download the syllabus: “Taoism and Confucianism” (PDF)

Area of Knowledge: Religions and Ethics - Asia.

  1. Why study “Taoism, Confucianism and Business”?
  2. Why study Religions and Business?

Foreign Trade and Business in China

Kongzi, also called Kung-tse, to which the Jesuits put the name of Confucius, was born in 551 BCE in Kufow, in the State of Lu and died in 479 BCE at the age of 73. He was also known as the Wise or Master Kung (Kung-Fu-Tsu). Confucius was a contemporary to Laozi, Buddha, Deutero-Isaiah, Pythagoras, and Mahavira.

The time of Confucius was the so-called the Age of Warring States (5th century to the 3rd century BCE) of Chou dynasty (1122 - 256 CE) a ruined society, pigeon-holed in a feudal caste system and fragmented into small States in continuous war among themselves. The death and destruction were the usual scenarios of the ordinary people; the society needed a new model. At this time came the so-called a “hundred schools” who advocated different philosophies, but only two have survived to the present day: Confucianism and Taoism.

It is important to note that Confucius did not wish to create a new religion; he was first and foremost a reformer; he admitted to being an ordinary man. He wanted politically renew society, where the men pursue the maximum happiness. Confucius believed in Heaven (Tsien) as something mysterious and impersonal acting in the world. He believed in the gods and spirits of the land.

The Analects (Lun Yu, or “Sayings of Confucius” or “Philosophical Comments”) is the largest source of Confucian thought, in the form of dialogues summarizes the essence of the doctrine of Confucius.

Confucius was primarily a creator of a social system based on the tradition that has influenced the entire area of the Sinic Civilization: China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan for over 2,500 years. The Confucianism has significantly influenced on the society in different spheres: political, economic, social, and cultural, as well as the mentality and the way of life of all Chinese, even some foreign scholars consider as the largest religion in China.

Confucianism aims to help the development of human beings, does not seek the salvation as in other faiths, but seeks the order, the wisdom, and the knowledge.

Zhang Ruimin, Confucian Chinese Businessman, China

Although the religion of the Chinese communist regime is officially atheist and the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, the Chinese people practice different faiths (Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Shamanism). However, Confucianism, despite not being a formal religion in China; it is intensively practiced in China and has influences on a very remarkable way in their culture and the form of negotiation of the Chinese people.

Like any other religion that has had to live in a totalitarian state, Confucianism has always survived, and today is latent in the Chinese society. During the strongest period of communism in China was banned, but, as discussed below, its influence is latent on China today.

The influence of Confucianism on the countries of the Sinic Civilization influence is somehow equivalent to the influence of the Greek philosophy and Christianity on the West.

Confucianism has significant influence in Leo Tolstoy.

Chang Yung-fa, Taiwanese Businessman, I-Kuan Tao Religion (Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism) Taiwan

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