8 episodes

An exploration of Confucian thought.

The Confucian Podcast confucianism

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 19 Ratings

An exploration of Confucian thought.

    Episode 8 - Don't Bury Your Children Alive

    Episode 8 - Don't Bury Your Children Alive

    Confucianism is linked to filial piety, though not as closely as is often assumed. Yet, a key passage from the Analects shows the relationship between respect for parents and the social order.

    • 30 min
    Episode 7 - Funerals, Parties, and the Zhou Ritual System

    Episode 7 - Funerals, Parties, and the Zhou Ritual System

    Confucius advocated the ritualized social order developed by the Zhou Dynasty. This episode explores how that system worked and makes the connection to Benevolence and ranked systems of status in contemporary American social life. 

    • 32 min
    Episode 6 - Emile Durkheim and the Western Social Science of Ritual

    Episode 6 - Emile Durkheim and the Western Social Science of Ritual

    Comparison of the Chinese concept of li and Western social scientists' work on ritual allows insights into what Confucius was up to. 

    • 28 min
    Episode 5 - Dogs and Quail

    Episode 5 - Dogs and Quail

    Continuing the exploration of ritual, this episode begins to make connections to Western social science theory.

    • 24 min
    Episode 4 - Exploring the Confucian Concept of Ritual

    Episode 4 - Exploring the Confucian Concept of Ritual

    Whereas in Western theory, ritual is usually treated as an afterthought, Ruists appreciated the importance of ritual for social functioning. This episode makes the case that the connection between ritual and benevolence is basic to Confucian thought. 

    • 29 min
    Episode 3 - Power

    Episode 3 - Power

    A critical examination of Confucian conceptions of power

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

katbirdgler ,

Necessary

Thanks for the podcast! You are very clear and easy listen. I’m interested in Confucian ethics as a Korean American who was never taught the culture but failing to meet my filial duties. Keep posting! Clueless Confucian wannabee.

michaelbruin ,

New fan

Wonderful and necessary initiative. Looking forward to regular episodes.

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