David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy East and West 46 (4):567-581 (1996)
Various interpretations of the role that ming ("fate") plays in early Confucian thought are examined. An interpretation is advanced which argues that early Confucians saw reality as being bifurcated into two distinct realms--"inner" and "outer"--and that ming refers to unpredictable forces in the outside realm, which are beyond the bounds of proper human endeavor. The vagaries of ming are not the concern of the gentleman, whose efforts and worries are to be focused on the cultivation of the self: the inner realm where "seeking helps one to get it." It is argued that a sense of "interiority" is present in early Confucianism, and an attempt is made to distinguish the world-view of Confucius and Mencius from that of later Neo-Confucian interpreters
|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
Amy Olberding (2013). Confucius' Complaints and the Analects' Account of the Good Life. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 12 (4):417-440.
Similar books and articles
Kathleen Marie Higgins (2001). World Philosophy. Teaching Co..
Jane Geaney (2000). Chinese Cosmology and Recent Studies in Confucian Ethics: A Review Essay. [REVIEW] Journal of Religious Ethics 28 (3):449 - 470.
Eske Møllgaard (2007). Is Tu Wei-Ming Confucian? Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 6 (4):397-411.
J. C. Cleary (ed.) (1991). Worldly Wisdom: Confucian Teachings of the Ming Dynasty. Distributed in the U.S. By Random House.
Zhaolu Lu (2001). Fiduciary Society and Confucian Theory of Xin - on Tu Wei-Ming's Fiduciarity Proposal. Asian Philosophy 11 (2):85 – 101.
Haiming Wen (2011). Continuity of Heart-Mind and Things-Events: A Systematic Reconstruction of Neo-Confucian Epistemology. Asian Philosophy 21 (3):269 - 290.
John H. Berthrong (1998). Transformations of the Confucian Way. Westview Press.
Thomas A. Wilson (1995). Genealogy of the Way: The Construction and Uses of the Confucian Tradition in Late Imperial China. Stanford University Press.
Hans-Georg Moeller (2004). New Confucianism and the Semantics of Individuality. A Luhmannian Analysis. Asian Philosophy 14 (1):25 – 39.
Wang Yunping (2005). Are Early Confucians Consequentialists? Asian Philosophy 15 (1):19-34.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads14 ( #113,509 of 1,100,727 )
Recent downloads (6 months)5 ( #58,476 of 1,100,727 )
How can I increase my downloads?