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Confucian Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
Confucian ethics and counselor decision-making

Confucianism has a long history, dating back over 2,000 years, and it is one of the three major sources of ethical thinking in Asian cultures. Similar to Greek ethics, Confucianism has a goal of developing desired virtues; however, a major difference is a focus on obligations to others (Shanahan & Wang, 2003). Confucius lived from 551 to 479 BCE during the Zhou dynasty. Confucius is Latin for the Chinese name Kong Fuzi or Master Kong (Yao, 2000). Confucius was raised by his mother after his father died when he was three years old (Shanahan & Wang). Chinese view Confucius as the “first teacher” in China (Hansen, 1992; Smith, 1991). After holding several unskilled jobs, Confucius became ...

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