The Political Dimension of Confucius’s Idea of Ren [Book Review]

Philosophy Compass 7 (4):245-255 (2012)
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This essay argues that there is a political dimension to Confucius’s idea of ren. This thesis is based on a careful analysis of what may be called the definitional passages in the Analects. The author contends that contrary to what may be called the unqualified egalitarian claim, ren is not applicable to every human being because its political aspect requires some degree of constraint in its application.



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