Confucius vs SocratesI am in desperate need of help. I am trying to compare the ethics and philosophies of Confucius and Socrates. I am also looking for good credible online sources on the...

Confucius vs Socrates

I am in desperate need of help. I am trying to compare the ethics and philosophies of Confucius and Socrates. I am also looking for good credible online sources on the subject. If anyone knows of a good place to start I would appreciate it. Thank you.

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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This is an interesting comparison. Confucian teachings are often thought of as religious teachings though Confucianism is clearly not a religion, by his own stance and by the stance of those who adhere to his teachings. His ethics are a philosophical system, which makes a comparison to Socrates viable and informative. A good (though aged) explanatory source book is The Ethics of Confucius by Miles Menander Dawson (1915) and is available online (click hyperlink) or at Amazon.com. An overview of his ethics is available through Lander University in Greenwood, SC. For more online sources, search the keyword phrase { confucius+ethics }.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There are a lot of sources on enotes for this that we can give you.  You can also just type each name in the search bar.  I think that instead of looking for a source comparing them, you should look for sources on each of them and compare them yourself.

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