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Is Confucianism a religion?

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Confucianism   religion   neo-Confucianism   Confucius (c. 551 – c. 479 BCE)   China   Japan


Confucianism is a philosophy/religion founded by Kong Qiu also known as Kong Fuzi (Confucius) about the turn of the 6th and 5th centuries B.C. Although from the Western perspective the Confucianism seems to be only philosophy or “practical ethics”, quite often, even by Confucians themselves, it is referred to as religion. In this article, the author intends to present the issue of the identity of Confucianism. Author in the article discusses elements of the doctrine and the relationship between Confucianism and Chinese native religion, Imperial ideology (and state religion), and (other) religions. This work is not intended to unequivocally resolve the issue, but rather to outline the problem and present some factors influencing the perception of Confucianism. The article is an aftermath of the author’s speech at the 6th conference “Law-Religion-Politics” (Wrocław, 28th-29th May 2021) and the discussion conducted during the conference “Lower Silesia – Poland – Asia. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow” (Wrocław, 30th June-1st July 2021).

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doi:10.34616/144525   ISSN 2080-332X



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