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The Chinese Classic of Family ReverenceA Philosophical Translation of the Xiaojing$
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Henry Jr. Rosemont and Roger T. Ames

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832841

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832841.001.0001

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The Emperor as Son of “tian” 《天子章》‎

The Emperor as Son of “tian” 《天子章》‎

(p.106) Chapter 2 The Emperor as Son of “tian” 《天子章》‎
The Chinese Classic of Family Reverence

Henry Rosemont

Roger T. Ames

University of Hawai'i Press

In this chapter, Confucius and Master Zeng are talking about the proper filial activities of the Emperor as the son of tian. According to Confucius, “The Emperor who loves (ai) his own parents would not presume to hate the parents of others; he who respects (jing) his own parents would not presume to be rude to the parents of others. With love and respect being fully expressed in this service to parents, such conduct will educate and transform (dejiao) the common people, serving as exemplary in all corners of the world. Such, then, is the family reverence of the Emperor.” Confucius cites a passage in the Book of Documents which says: “Where this one person behaves so well in serving his parents, the entire population will look up to his example.”

Keywords:   love, Confucius, Master Zeng, Emperor, parents, respect, family reverence, Book of Documents, tian

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