Confucian Role Ethics: A Critical Survey

Philosophy Compass 11 (5):235-245 (2016)

John Ramsey
University of Northern Colorado
This article surveys recent scholarship on Confucian role ethics, examines some of its fundamental commitments, and suggests future directions for scholarship. Role ethics interprets early Confucianism as promoting a relational conception of persons and employs this conception to emphasize how a person's roles and relationships are the source of her ethical obligations and ethical growth. While there is much consensus among role ethic scholars, they disagree over the role of theory in further explicating the view and about the metaphysical basis of relational persons. Strong and moderate versions of role ethics emerge, and the article explores the strengths and weaknesses of both.
Keywords role ethics  confucian
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DOI 10.1111/phc3.12324
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