Confucianism vs Taoism

By: Brian Anguiano

Confucianism and Taoism difference

Confucianism, also known as Ruism is an ethical and philosophical system, on occasion described as a religion, developed from the teachings of the Chinese philosopher Confucius. Taoism (or Daoism) is a philosophical, ethical, and religious tradition of Chinese origin that emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao (also romanized as Dao). Confucianism believes in setting good examples for others to follow primarily in 5 key relationships: ruler & subject, wife & husband, older & younger sibling, friend & friend, father & son.

Confucianism was founded by Confucius.

Taoism is founded by Lao Tzu


Taoism, aka daoism, was a way of living in which there were not many rules and believes in the dialectical philosophy of inaction.Through nature and harmony you can be happy.This is where yin and yang come from. The goal of philosophy of Confucianism is social harmony. The goal of Taoism is to gain balance in life. For Confucianism, the religion is based on respect. For Taoism the religion is based on contemplation.

Confucianism and Taoism compare

Confucianism and Taoism are both originated from China. Both a religion and philosophy of china and Asia as a whole. They both see no contradiction in following more than one religion. Their holy days are Chinese New year. Both of their original languages are mandarin or Cantonese. And they both worship in a temple. They both look to a particular person as a founder.

Some examples of Taoism and Confuicianism

Frequently Asked Questions

How many followers do each of the religions have? Who are the founders of the religions? When was the religions started?

Well, Confucianism has 5,000,000 followers while Taoism has approximately 2,700,000 followers. The founder of Confucianism is Confucius and the founder of Taoism is Lao Tzu. Confucianism was founded in 6th-5th century BC. And Taoism was founded on 550 B.C.E.

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