Write a 800- to-1,050-word persuasive paper discussing how one Eastern philosopher and one Western philosopher make the most compelling cases for his or her ideas. Use your text to support your persuasive argument. Discuss how these philosophers are similar and different. In the conclusion, explain why you are more prone to agree with either Eastern or Western thinking.
Eastern & Western Philosophers:
A Comparison of Confucianism (Confucius) and Existentialism (Jean-Paul Sartre)
One of the first things a young Westerner learns about Eastern philosophers is what is often quoted in a fortune cookie at a Chinese restaurant: “Confucius say…”. The reason these sayings are so prevalent even in Western culture is that Confucius was a very influential and revered Eastern philosopher. Confucianism is about the Tao, or Way, but more importantly in the philosophy is how mankind affects the Tao or Way. One of Confucianism’s greatest quotes sums up the philosophy quite well, “It is the man that can make the Way great, and not the Way that can make man great.”
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