Is Nepotism Essential to Confucianism?
(I’ve moved this up to the front, since there is a great discussion going on in the comments.)
Always a question; it usually comes up in the context of reading the Analects, at 13.18:
“The Duke of She said to Master Kong: ‘In my native place, there is a man named Straight Body [or, Upright Gong]. When his father stole a sheep, he bore witness against him.’ Master Kong said: ‘In my native place, straight [or, upright] people are different from this man: Father conceals for son and son conceals for father. Straightness lies therein.” (Chichung Huang translation)
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