The debate on human nature in early confucian literature

Philosophy East and West 53 (3):323-339 (2003)
: The doctrines on human nature and moral development maintained in ancient China by Gaozi, Mencius, and Xunzi, respectively, have been interpreted mostly as a contradiction within the Confucian school. It is argued here that they represent distinct, yet possible and congruous, modes of interpreting and re-elaborating Confucius' teachings, two opposing yet largely complementary currents that have developed within the Confucian school
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DOI 10.1353/pew.2003.0028
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