Cosmopolitanism (Confucius)


Confucius said, “By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice (habit), they get to be wide apart.” 「性相近也,習相遠也。」The English is Legge’s translation. I’m told that a more literal translation reads: “By nature men are close to each other, by practice(habit) they are far from each other”  (Book XVII of The Analects). 


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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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