David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Asian Philosophy 8 (1):47 – 64 (1998)
This paper defends both an interpretation of Mencius' moral theory and that theory itself against alternative interpretive defences. I argue that the 'virtue ethics' reading of Mencius wrongly sees him as denying the distinction between moral philosophy and moral psychology. Virtue ethics is flawed, because it makes such a denial. But Mencius' moral theory, in spite of Mencius' obvious interest in moral psychology, does not have that flaw. However, I argue that Mencius is no rationalist. Instead, I show that he upholds a coherentist moral theory, in which reason and psychology both have a role. The final third of the paper compares my interpretation with the work of various important Mencius scholars. I point out that the issue of the difference between moral philosophy and moral psychology is quite important in contemporary Western moral theory.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Manyul Im (1999). Emotional Control and Virtue in the "Mencius". Philosophy East and West 49 (1):1-27.
James Behuniak (2002). Mencius on Becoming Human. Dissertation, University of Hawaii at Manoa
David Morrow (2009). Moral Psychology and the Mencian Creature. Philosophical Psychology 22 (3):281-304.
Qiyong Guo (2007). Mou Zongsan's View of Interpreting Confucianism by “Moral Autonomy”. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 2 (3):345-362.
James Behuniak Jr (2011). Naturalizing Mencius. Philosophy East and West 61 (3):492-515.
A. T. Nuyen (2009). Moral Obligation and Moral Motivation in Confucian Role-Based Ethics. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 8 (1):1-11.
James A. Ryan (1997). A Defence of Mencius' Ethical Naturalism. Asian Philosophy 7 (1):23 – 36.
Amit Chaturvedi (2012). Mencius and Dewey on Moral Perception, Deliberation, and Imagination. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 11 (2):163-185.
A. S. Cua (2001). Xin and Moral Failure: Reflections on Mencius' Moral Psychologyand Moral Failure: Reflections on Mencius' Moral Psychology. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 1 (1):31-53.
Bongrae Seok (2008). Mencius's Vertical Faculties and Moral Nativism. Asian Philosophy 18 (1):51 – 68.
Added to index2009-02-01
Total downloads33 ( #59,733 of 1,413,278 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #94,880 of 1,413,278 )
How can I increase my downloads?