Ren, Empathy and the Agent-Relative Approach in Confucian Ethics

Asian Philosophy 22 (2):133-141 (2012)
Abstract
The recent debate on whether Confucian Ethics should be viewed as a type of virtue ethics inevitably touches on the issue of the meaning of virtues such as ren ?, yi ?, and li ?. However, the argument would be over-simplified to claim that since Confucianism puts significant weight on virtues then it is virtue ethics. The conclusion would mainly depend on how we understand the key concepts such as ren, yi and the roles they play in the ethical life of humans. Some scholars interpret ren as benevolence, yet others interpret it as empathy. In this paper, I will make a scrutiny of these concepts and their implications. My primary aim is to discern the characteristics of Confucian ethics, rather than to classify it into some categories that are largely constructs of contemporary philosophy
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 12,101
External links
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
Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Similar books and articles
R. A. H. King (2012). Ren in the Analects: Skeptical Prolegomena. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 39 (1):89-105.
A. T. Nuyen (2007). Confucian Ethics as Role-Based Ethics. International Philosophical Quarterly 47 (3):315-328.
Sor-Hoon Tan (2005). Cultural Crossings Against Ethnocentric Currents. International Philosophical Quarterly 45 (4):433-445.
Jiyuan Yu (1998). Virtue: Confucius and Aristotle. Philosophy East and West 48 (2):323-347.
Analytics

Monthly downloads

Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

Added to index

2012-06-28

Total downloads

1 ( #459,819 of 1,102,112 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #306,622 of 1,102,112 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Start a new thread
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.