The François Quesnay Problem: Laozi or Confucius, where his economic thoughts come from?


The François Quesnay Problem: Laozi or Confucius, where his economic thoughts come from?


Li Tingfang

China Three Gorges University


Global Journal of Arts and Humanities

François Quesnay was called “Confucius of Europe” because of his admiration of Confucius. The core of economic thoughts of François Quesnay were “law of nature” and “inaction”. However, “law of nature” and “inaction” were the core thoughts of Taoism founded by Laozi. Although Confucius also mentioned “Tao” and “inaction”, the core thoughts of Confucianism were morality and hierarchy. Laozi, François Quesnay criticized, or Confucius, François Quesnay adored, where his economic thoughts come from? This is just like a person walked into a shop of civilization because he was attracted by the product of designer A there, and took away a tool that he thought was designed by designer A but actually was by designer B. Afterwards, he showed his appreciation for the tool and designer A to his friend. Later, this tool was used by his friend and created great value. This may be a harmless misunderstanding, but if we know the truth, can we give designer B the credit he deserves and create more value with his tools?


Keywords: Tao inaction inheritance spread

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How to cite this article:
Li Tingfang . The François Quesnay Problem: Laozi or Confucius, where his economic thoughts come from?.Global Journal of Arts and Humanities, 2019, 2:7. DOI:10.28933/gjah-2019-04-0508