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Unlike Boudhism (1801; Buddhism) and Tauism (1839; Taoism), which Angloromanized indigenous terms, the term Confucianism, invented in Europe in 1862, is a neologism based on the Latinized form of the Chinese name Kongzi (Latinized as Confucius), denoting the doctrine and school of Confucius for which the Chinese term is Ru. The early European travel reports of the 13th and 14th centuries did not yet mention this …

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Gentz, Joachim, “Confucianism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022506>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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