From “Goodness” in Chinese Confucianism to “Truth” in Japanese Confucianism

Ping Yan, Lili Pan


After being introduced to Japan, part of the basic ethic concepts and value of Chinese Confucianism, which pursues “goodness” as its core value standard, are deep into the hearts of Japanese people and become an impartment part of their moral standard and national mentality. However, due to the inclusive and subjective characteristics of Japanese culture, Chinese Confucianism that pursues “goodness” gradually changed into Japanese Confucianism that pursues “truth”. By comparing the Confucian culture in China and Japan, this paper analyzes the changes happened to Chinese Confucianism when it was spreading in Japan.

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