Mozi's moral theory: Breaking the hermeneutical stalemate

Philosophy East and West 61 (2):347-364 (2011)
The most significant contemporary controversy surrounding the interpretation of the moral thought of Mozi is the debate over his ultimate criterion for right action. The problem is that there are two significant candidates found in the text of the Mozi.1 One is a kind of utilitarian principle: whatever benefits the world is right and whatever harms the world is wrong. The other is a divine will principle: whatever Heaven desires is right and whatever Heaven disapproves of is wrong. Both principles play an undeniably important role in Mozi's system, but their precise relationship is surprisingly difficult to determine. Is one more fundamental than the other? If so, which? And what purpose does the less basic of the ..
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1353/pew.2011.0021
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 30,300
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
The Divine Command Theory of Mozi.Yong Li - 2006 - Asian Philosophy 16 (3):237 – 245.
Is Mozi a Utilitarian Philosopher?Hao Changchi - 2006 - Frontiers of Philosophy in China 1 (3):382-400.
Unfolding Mozi's Standard of Sound Doctrine.Steven A. Stegeman - 2011 - Asian Philosophy 21 (3):227 - 239.
War and Ghosts in Mozi's Political Philosophy.Benjamin Wong & Hui-Chieh Loy - 2004 - Philosophy East and West 54 (3):343-363.
Moral Contagion and Logical Persuasion in the Mozi.Owen Flanagan - 2008 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 35 (3):473-491.
Mozi: Basic Writings.Di Mo - 2003 - Columbia University Press.
Mozi: Basic Writings.Burton Watson - 2003 - Columbia University Press.
The Word and the Way in Mozi.Hui-Chieh Loy - 2011 - Philosophy Compass 6 (10):652-662.
Mozi (Mo-Tzu).Hui-Chieh Loy - 2007 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Introduction: Reconsidering the Mozi.Franklin Perkins - 2008 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 35 (3):379-383.
Added to PP index

Total downloads
38 ( #139,550 of 2,193,222 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #290,278 of 2,193,222 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature