Ren in the analects: Skeptical prolegomena

Journal of Chinese Philosophy 39 (1):89-105 (2012)
Abstract
Ren in the Lunyu is often taken to be virtue; if virtue is taken to be excellence as performing a function, as Plato understands it, this is not persuasive. Nor is it easy to show how ren encompasses or implies all other virtues. Ren is furthermore ambiguous—it is used both in a wide sense and specifically as benevolence; in fact there are at least six accounts of what ren is in the Lunyu. This ambiguity cannot be made harmless by use of speech act theory, since commands, for example, require satisfaction conditions for them to be comprehensible. I conclude on a skeptical note: how ren is to be understood as virtue, if at all, remains unclear
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1540-6253.2012.01704.x
Options
 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: 29,567
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
Setting the Record Straight: Confucius' Notion of Ren. [REVIEW]Shirong Luo - 2012 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 11 (1):39-52.
Virtue: Confucius and Aristotle.Jiyuan Yu - 1998 - Philosophy East and West 48 (2):323-347.
The Unification of Dao and Ren in the Analects.Leo K. C. Cheung - 2004 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 31 (3):313–327.
The Concept of Zhen 真 in the Zhuangzi.Kim-Chong Chong - 2011 - Philosophy East and West 61 (2):324-346.
Filiality, Compassion, and Confucian Democracy.Sungmoon Kim - 2008 - Asian Philosophy 18 (3):279 – 298.
Confucian Ethics and "the Age of Biological Control".A. T. Nuyen - 2007 - Philosophy East and West 57 (1):83-96.
Nameless Virtues and Restrained Speech in the Analects.Erin M. Cline - 2009 - International Philosophical Quarterly 49 (1):53-69.
Fourier's “Familism” Against the Household. Ren - 1997 - Angelaki 2 (1):125 – 132.
Added to PP index
2012-05-18

Total downloads
9 ( #469,100 of 2,180,798 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #104,223 of 2,180,798 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums