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Confucius was born in the state of Lu on June 19th, 551 B.C. and lived during the Spring and Autumn period of the Chou dynasty. His name was K'ung Ch'iu and Confucius is the Latinized form of K'ung Fu-tzu or 'Master K'ung.'
Confucius was a teacher, scholar and minor political
figure, whose commentary on Chinese literary classics developed into a pragmatic philosophy for daily life. Not strictly religious, his teachings were a utilitarian approach to social harmony and the moral obligations between individuals and social systems.