Eastern &Western Philosophers Comparison Paper
University of Phoenix
I chose to write about Confucius and Plato. Confucius believed in learning and knowledge, that they must be practical and transform life for the better. He believed that if one wanted to help someone that they must first establish one’s own human character. He believed that once a person had a character that contained nothing contrary to humanity, they could then rely on that in all their actions. He also believed that if a person lived through humanistic thinking and acting they would make the “way” (Tao) great. He had a great belief that I strongly agree with. He ...view middle of the document...
He believed that humans are not always good but can become better, which I strongly agree with because if a person gets taught something eventually they will become better at it.
Plato believed that when the mind’s eye rests on objects illuminated by truth and reality, it understands and comprehends them, and functions intelligently; but when it turns to the twilight world of change and decay, it can only form opinions, its vision is confused and its beliefs shifting, and it seem to lack intelligence. He believed that there is an issue of the conversion of the mind from the twilight of error to the truth that climbs up into the real world, which he believes we call true philosophy. Plato quoted “the object of knowledge is what exists and its functions to know about reality.”
Plato believes that when the mind’s eye rests on objects illuminated by truth and reality, it understands and comprehends them, and functions intelligently, which I believe to be true a person can use intelligence to see the truth and reality, but when it turns to decay people are only able to come up with opinions of the truth and reality of the object. Plato’s quote about “the object of knowledge is what exists and its function to know about reality, I believe is stating that knowledge exists but people need to know how to use it in order to know about reality, which I...