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Single Idea 7475

[catalogued under 29. Religion / C. Spiritual Disciplines / 1. Confucianism]

Full Idea

Confucius was deeply religious in a traditional sense, showing reverence towards heaven and an omnipresent spiritual world, but he was cool towards the supernatural, and does not seem to have believed in either a personal god or an afterlife.

Gist of Idea

Confucius revered the spiritual world, but not the supernatural, or a personal god, or the afterlife


Peter Watson (Ideas [2005], Ch.05)

Book Reference

Watson,Peter: 'Ideas: from fire to Freud' [Phoenix 2006], p.161

A Reaction

The implication is that the spiritual world was very remote from us, and beyond communication. Sounds like deism.