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What Does it Mean to Learn by Confucius Book “The Analects“

Author(s): Julius Vaitkevičius
Subject(s): Epistemology, Social Philosophy, East Asian Philosophy, Hermeneutics
Published by: Visuomeninė organizacija »LOGOS«
Keywords: learn; xue; Confucius; life; self-improvement; joy; happiness;

Summary/Abstract: This article is dedicated to the most important theme in the Confucian classics. It ultimately defines the very essence of Confucianism. The paper analyzes the true meaning of learning and studying in the Confucian line of thought through the prism of life, experience, self-perfection and joy of learning. It also links the Confucian concept of “learning and studying“ to thoughts and traditions in Lithuanian culture drawing the conclusion that the joy of learning is capable of building the bridge that can connect our nations and help us better understand the nature of the world and ourselves. The deeper analysis of 学 “xue“ reveals that learning and studying is not just about going to school, listening to teachers, reading or reciting books, or getting a better job. It is also about improving the quality of life helping one to become a better person, a happier person, a more knowledgeable person who is deeply aware of himself and his surroundings. That is the ultimate goal of Confucianism.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 86
  • Page Range: 47-57
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Lithuanian