Journal of Chinese Philosophy 48 (1):13-27 (2021)

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Kwong-Loi Shun
University of California, Berkeley
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Through an examination of the problematic forms of pride highlighted in early texts and the traits to which they are opposed, the paper identifies three main dimensions of humility in early Confucian thought. These include a deflated self-conception, caution and fearfulness, as well as seriousness and awe. It then shows that the term jing 敬 is closely related to all three dimensions, and hence that this is the term in early Confucian thought closest to encompassing all the different aspects of humility understood in a broad sense.
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