An Analysis of the “Four Beginnings” in the Confucian Philosophy of Mencius


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An Analysis of the “Four Beginnings” (Four Sprouts) in the “Innate Goodness” of Human Nature in the Confucian Philosophy of Mencius
This philosophical study will discuss the “four beginnings” of the innate good found in human beings as a defined by Mencius (372 – 289 B.C.). By analyzing the foundation of innate goodness in human nature, Mencius sought to define the ways in which persons could access good behaviors by learning the four beginnings. Since Mencius felt that ever human being had the ability to think clearly and to be “good”, the external society in which people dwelled could influence them toward this ‘nature’ or, in turn, away from it towards badness. By knowing the tenets of benevolence, righteousness, ritual, and wisdom, the...
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