Confucian moral thinking

Philosophy East and West 45 (2):249-272 (1995)
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Abstract

By examining fundamental Confucian concepts -- zhengming, ren, li, xiao, shu and dao -- the essay demonstrates that Confucian ways of thinking do not always fit neatly into categories such as 'moral' or rights'. The author provides a positive interpretation of certain Confucian ideas including: the concept of a person as a self- in- relation; the notion of responsibility as particularistic and dependent upon the kinds of relationships one has and the social positions one occupies; and the view of the moral community as comprised by selves- in- relation who are reciprocally connected and who share similar ideals and forms of life.

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