David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 9 (1):97-111 (2010)
This essay explores Confucian views on war as seen in the Spring and Autumn Annals . The interpretation is based mainly on the Gongyang Zhuan , supplemented by other authoritative sources in the Gongyang tradition, such as D ong Zhongshu (179-104 BCE) and H e Xiu (129-182). The Spring and Autumn Annals contains three components: facts, words, and principles. This essay explicates the principles for going to war and the principles for conducting a war. The Confucian perspective sheds light on war against enemies of civilization, conditions for waging a preemptive war, punitive expedition, as well as the use of weapons of mass destruction. The Confucian views as presented here are realistic and pragmatic in nature but are also compatible with the humanistic concern of Confucianism. This essay ends with a summary of the salient and sophisticated features of the Confucian views on war.
|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
Ping-Cheung Lo (2012). The Art of War Corpus and Chinese Just War Ethics Past and Present. Journal of Religious Ethics 40 (3):404-446.
Sumner B. Twiss & Jonathan Chan (2012). The Classical Confucian Position on the Legitimate Use of Military Force. Journal of Religious Ethics 40 (3):447-472.
Similar books and articles
John D. Langlois Jr (1982). Law, Statecraft, and the Spring and Autumn Annals in Yüan Political Thought. In Hok-lam Chan & William Theodore De Bary (eds.), Yüan Thought: Chinese Thought and Religion Under the Mongols. Columbia University Press.
Jeff McMahan (2004). The Ethics of Killing in War. Ethics 114 (4):693-733.
Daniel A. Dombrowski (2002). Rawls and War. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 16 (2):185-200.
Xinzhong Yao & Weiming Tu (eds.) (2010). Confucian Studies: Critical Concepts in Asian Philosophy. Routledge.
D. A. Bell (2009). War, Peace, and China's Soft Power: A Confucian Approach. Diogenes 56 (1):26-40.
Kwong-loi Shun & David B. Wong (eds.) (2004). Confucian Ethics: A Comparative Study of Self, Autonomy, and Community. Cambridge.
Liu Yuanyan (1988). "Lü's Spring and Autumn Annals" Is the Greatest Synthesizer of the Ideas of the Pre-Qin Schools of Philosophy. Contemporary Chinese Thought 20 (1):43-97.
By James D. Sellmann & Jay Goulding (2004). Timing and Rulership in Master Lü's Spring and Autumn Annals (Lüshi Chunqiu). Journal of Chinese Philosophy 31 (2):305–309.
Steven Metz & Phillip R. Cuccia (eds.) (2011). Defining War for the 21st Century. Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College.
James A. Stroble (1998). Justification of War in Ancient China. Asian Philosophy 8 (3):165 – 190.
Added to index2010-01-23
Total downloads26 ( #78,279 of 1,679,345 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #112,124 of 1,679,345 )
How can I increase my downloads?