Chinese Schools of Thought

By Austin Robbins

Confucianism

A Chinese ethical and philisophical system developed from the teachings of the Chinese philosipher Confucious. Developed metaphysical and cosmological elements in the Han dynasty.

Legalism

one of the main philosophic currents during the Warring States Period, although the term itself was later applied during the Han Dynastyand thus does not refer to an organized 'school' of thought. Legalism was a utilitarian political philosophy that did not address higher questions like the nature and purpose of life.

Taoism\Daoism

A philosophical and religious tradition that emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao.The keystone work of literature in Taoism is the Tao Te Ching, a concise and ambiguous book containing teachings attributed to Laozi.

Buddhism

A religion indigenous to the India subcontinent that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs, and practices largely based on teachings attributed to Siddartha Quatama, who is commonly known as the Buddha.
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