Eastern and Western Philosophers Comparison

1066 words 5 pages
Eastern and Western Philosophers Comparison

May 1, 2011
Andrea Miles

There are many great philosophers. Some of them had very compelling ideas especially for their time while others ideas may have sounded compelling but the concepts just did not work. Some philosophers has similar ideas and others ideas were different. Eastern and Western philosophy is one of the ways the ideas differed. Western philosophy is generally based on logic and reasoning while Eastern philosophy is more closely related to religion and personal growth and choices. Socrates was a great western philosopher who mastered humility and understood the importance of knowledge. Confucius was an Eastern philosopher who as well understood the
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Confucius talked about how a person can make the “way” great by living through humanistic thinking and acting. What he means by the “way” is the path taken by natural events and I agree because if a person thinks before acting things will eventually work out for that person. My favorite quote that Confucius believed to be true is “Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you” (Moore-Bruder, 2008). This is my favorite because if people treat others hateful they should expect to get treated the same, but if they treat others with respect they will get respect in return. He believed that humans are not always good but can become better, which I strongly agree with because if a person gets taught something eventually they will become better at it. I found that Socrates and Confucius had very similar ideas but they were also different in the way they approached the ideas. Socrates said he really knew nothing. His methods were to help one see their own ignorance and misconceptions in what they do, know, and see. He believed true knowledge exists in forms which is absolute truth. Confucius believed in knowledge and learning. He believed that any one could acquire wisdom as long as they were determined. He believed a person could be taught. He also believed that human character played a huge role. If you had a positive human


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