Asian Philosophy 20 (2):127-140 (2010)

Authors
Eske Møllgaard
University of Rhode Island
Abstract
Confucianism is a kind of humanism. Confucian humanism presupposes, however, a divisive act that separates human and nonhuman. This paper shows that the split between the human and the nonhuman is central to Mencius' moral psychology, and it argues that Confucianism is an anthropological machine in the sense of the term used by Giorgio Agamben. I consider the main points of early Daoist critique of Confucian humanism. A comparative analysis of Herman Melville's novella 'Bartleby the Scrivener' reveals the limitation of the moral will in Mencius. Finally, I refer to an incident that recently captured the imagination of Chinese netizens, and shows the contested influence of Confucian humanism in contemporary China
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2011
DOI 10.1080/09552367.2010.484950
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 54,740
External links

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

A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy.Wing-tsit Chan - 1963 - Princeton: Princeton University Press.
The Open: Man and Animal.Giorgio Agamben - 2004 - Stanford University Press.
Mencius.D. C. Lau - 2005 - Penguin Classics.

View all 14 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Humanist Way in Ancient China.Chʻu Chai - 1965 - New York: Bantam Books.
Is Tu Wei-Ming Confucian?Eske Møllgaard - 2007 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 6 (4):397-411.
Why Early Confucianism Cannot Generate Democracy.David Elstein - 2010 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 9 (4):427-443.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2010-08-11

Total views
18 ( #551,847 of 2,386,855 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #550,981 of 2,386,855 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes