- Type of paper Essay (Any Type)
- Subject Asian Literature
- Number of pages 3
- Format of citation MLA
- Number of cited resources 0
- Type of service Writing
**IMPORTANT: You can only use quotes from Kongzi as your 3 sources(Any text from Kongzi is fine). And you have to quote it as the desсrіption says. Like: (book #.chapter #) e.g.: (3.1)* Thank you! Choose something central to the Confucian texts we read: something that interests you, or confuses you, or arouses wonder in you, etc. -something that you care about. Whatever you choose, you must confine your essay to one of our author′s texts: either Confucius′ Analects Mencius′Mengzi. You may choose anything you like but you may only write within the context of one of the two thinkers. Analyze and explain it as thoroughly and precisely as you can, staying close to the text of the author you choose(using its terminology, following its reasoning, etc.). This point is important: refer to, quote, paraphrase, and cite Confucius′ or Mencius′ text -his words, his terms, his explanations, his examples, etc. -to aid your explanation of the idea. The closer you stay to the text, the clearer your explanation will be. You may choose one from the following two options: 1) an idea or concept (e.g., Virtue [De], Benevolence [ren], ″sympathetic understanding″[shu], the gentleman [junzi], the rectification of names, the ″sprouts and hearts″ of Virtue, the inherent goodness of human nature in Mencius, the Confucian model of virtuous/benevolent government, etc.) Terminology: Make sure your paper utilizes terminology and concepts appropriate to the thinker you choose (and REMEMBER, even though Laozi and Zhuangzi, or Confucius and Mencius, belong to the same tradition, that does NOT mean that each uses or intends each concept of the tradition in the same way. REMEMBER that you are writing within the context of the THINKER/TEXTfirst, and the TRADITION second, as it were). Philosophical writing and reflection need to be attentive to the specific weight that concepts have, and work that concepts do, within a particular philosopher′s thinking or text. You are expected to show this kind of attention as you write about these thinkers and texts here.Part of philosophical scholarship -the first step, really -is being able to express what a philosopher says, in his/her own words. Thatis what you are being asked to do here. Your interpretations come much later.*In the case you use them, know that foreign language terms are always italicized(e.g.: junzi, shu, De,ren,wu wei, Dao, etc.).AND please use the Pinyin transliteration style (see RCCP, or google it). Textual Evidence/Citations: I expect you to use the primary text, which means: offer quotes from the original text (not the introductions) that support your explanation. Please simply cite parenthetically within the body of your text (no footnotes), using the following model: For Confucius: (book #.chapter #) e.g.: (3.1)* The text we are reading (RCCP) uses these forms, so if you get confused, look there. There no need to include the book titles within you parenthetical citations. Since most students seem to be completely oblivious when it comes to in-text, parenthetical citations, here is a paradigm to follow, in terms of grammar and punctuation:...Mencius argues, ″Yeah, you would save that little kid, too″(2A6). [not a real quote].The quotation marks designate only the quoted text, and the period goes at the end of the sentence, after the parentheses.This is a rule that far too many students do not know and/or follow. (And periods and commas go inside double-quotation marks). Final CommentsI: will be grading these papers with an eye toward their presentation, which includes grammar, syntax, spelling, punctuation, etc. Likewise, I am looking for you to strive to articulate yourself clearly and with precision. Admittedly, this is not an easy task when it comes to philosophical issues -it takes practice and effort. I don′t expect any of you to be the next Confucius, but I am looking to see genuine effort to really grapple with the text, make important connections, follow the movement of its thinking, and attempt to offer an explanation that goes beyond a superficial reading.The point of this assignment is to help you strive toward comprehension of the material. That begins with understanding what is being said in the text you are reading.
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