Becoming a Complete Person : Discussing the Aim of Confucian Education

  • Wen Ma Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, Canada


The Confucian idea of humanness (Ren) is most commonly translated as “benevolence”. The aim of enhancing one’s virtue such as benevolence is to perform one’s occupation; to position oneself in the world; and to managing the state. Through teaching archery, charioteering(truth), rites(good), and poetry(beauty), the Confucian education aims at cultivate consummate individuals with complete characteristics. The application of Confucian education in the current early childhood education will be discussed.

Author Biography

Wen Ma, Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, Canada
Wen Ma teaches at the Faculty of Education,Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Canada. He main research area is Wisdom Education.