On Pleasure: A Reflection on Happiness from the Confucian and Daoist Perspectives

Frontiers of Philosophy in China 5 (2):179-195 (2010)

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This paper discusses the structural relationship between ideals on pleasure and pleasure as a human psychological phenomenon in Chinese thought. It describes the psychological phenomenon of pleasure, and compares different approaches by pre-Qin Confucian and Daoist scholars. It also analyzes its development in Song and Ming Confucianism. Finally, in the conclusion, the issue is transferred to a general understanding of happiness, so as to demonstrate the modern value of the classical ideological experience.
Keywords happiness   pleasure   worry   self-cultivation
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DOI 10.1007/s11466-010-0010-9
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