David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Asian Philosophy 15 (1):19-34 (2005)
Various attempts have been made to interpret Confucian ethics in the framework of consequentialist ethics. Such interpretations either treat Mencius theory of moral choice as a kind of act-utilitarianism or attribute to Mencius a rather sophisticated consequentialist moral view. In this paper I challenge such interpretations and try to clarify the nature of the Confucian conception of the good. In order to show that the Confucian good is teleological but non-consequentialist, I will discuss different ways (especially those of John Rawls and Alasdair MacIntyre) of classifying ethical theories and show their bearing on my interpretation of Confucian ethics. I will then discuss the consequentialist (utilitarian) understanding of early Confucians, arguing that without a proper understanding of the overall character of Confucian ethics and its primary concern, no interpretation of the Confucian conception of the good may claim to be adequate
|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
Aristotle (2012). Nicomachean Ethics. Courier Dover Publications.
Charles Taylor (1989). Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity. Harvard University Press.
John Rawls (2009/2005). A Theory of Justice. In Steven M. Cahn (ed.), Philosophy and Rhetoric. Oxford University Press 133-135.
A. Macintyre (1984). After Virtue. Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 46 (1):169-171.
Shelly Kagan (1998). Normative Ethics. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Philip J. Ivanhoe (2007). Heaven as a Source for Ethical Warrant in Early Confucianism. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 6 (3):211-220.
Elinor Mason (1999). Do Consequentialists Have One Thought Too Many? Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 2 (3):243-261.
Chenyang Li (2002). Revisiting Confucian. Hypatia 17 (1).
A. T. Nuyen (2009). Moral Obligation and Moral Motivation in Confucian Role-Based Ethics. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 8 (1):1-11.
JeeLoo Liu (2007). Confucian Moral Realism. Asian Philosophy 17 (2):167 – 184.
Wang Yunping (2008). Confucian Ethics and Emotions. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 3 (3):352 - 365.
A. T. Nuyen (2007). Confucian Ethics as Role-Based Ethics. International Philosophical Quarterly 47 (3):315-328.
Ruiping Fan (2010). A Confucian Reflection on Genetic Enhancement. American Journal of Bioethics 10 (4):62 – 70.
Yunping Wang (2008). Confucian Ethics and Emotions. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 3 (3):352-365.
Ted Slingerland (1996). The Conception of Ming in Early Confucian Thought. Philosophy East and West 46 (4):567-581.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads12 ( #205,927 of 1,726,249 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #369,877 of 1,726,249 )
How can I increase my downloads?