Confucianism in Cultural Studies
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Topics for Paper # 1
(1) Confucianism in Cultural Studies
Although Confucianism has been present in East Asian culture since the Spring and Autumn Period, the way different scholars and rulers have interpreted this thought
system and implemented its teachings has varied across time and space. For this essay topic, compare and contrast the interpretation of Confucianism as different
individuals and/or groups in ancient China and Japan contributed their own perspective to the original concepts established by Confucius. It is not necessary to
discuss every individual and group discussed in class. Your paper should be more focused and precise than a general overview. Also, do not simply compare and contrast
different Confucian approaches in your analysis, but make sure to support your argument as to what is significant about the different interpretations of this
philosophy that you discuss.
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