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Mencius and China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 10, 2011


Mencius lived during the Warring states period (475 BCE – 221 BCE) and witnessed the horrors of that period in Chinese history ( Xu & Zhang 2007). Mencius believed in the inherent goodness of humankind and believed that all people have the inherent qualities to do the right thing. As he states in Mencius: “No man is devoid of a heart sensitive to the suffering

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