Confucian ethics and emotions

Frontiers of Philosophy in China 3 (3):352-365 (2008)
Abstract
The Confucian understanding of emotions and their ethical importance confirms and exemplifies the contemporary Western renewed understanding of the nature of emotions. By virtue of a systematic conceptual analysis of Confucian ethics, one can see that, according to Confucians, the ethical significance of emotions, lies in that an ethical life is also emotional and virtues are inclinational. And a further exploration shows that the reason for the ethical significance is both that emotions are heavenly-endowed and that there exists a union of emotions and reason in Confucian ethics. This will constitute a challenge to the so-called mainstream ethical theories which have been popularly engaged in seeking justifications for abstract moral rules.
Keywords Confucian ethics  emotions  reason  inclinational  cognitive  儒家伦理  情感  理性  内在倾向性的  认知的
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