(6pg) Confucius’ Analects — Ethical system or not?

Confucius twice claims that his teachings can be strung together on a “single thread” (Analects 4.15 and 15.3). How do you understand this statement? Do the Analectspresent a unified set of teachings? Can these teachings be referred to as an “ethical system,” or would this be a misleading characterization? 


Paper Guidelines 

No research is required beyond Analects (Books 1-20)

-Cited according to the Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.) citation format. (A full bibliography of readings on E-Reserves and Blackboard can be found on pp. 7-8 of the course syllabus posted online). 

Papers will be graded based on your ability to state a thesis and argue it effectively(please refer to the attached grading rubric for further detail). Your argument should be original and supported by evidence found within the texts. 

Format: Paper should be 5-6 pages long (excluding the optional title page and the mandatory bibliography), typed in Times New Roman 12pt font, double-spaced, with 1 inch margins all around. Pages must be numbered. You must include a final Bibliography or Works Cited. All sources must be cited according to the Chicago Manual of Style guidelines (Author-Date system is preferred). See this link for a quick reference: 

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html. Remember to provide the exact page number(s) for quoted passages. 


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