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Chinese and Comparative Philosophy 中國哲學與比較哲學

The Heart of Deference

Section 2A/6 of the Mencius tells us that the heart of deference (辭讓) is the starting point of ritual. I’ll try to convince you that this is a puzzling claim, and then suggest a solution to the puzzle.

The puzzle is that ritual obviously mobilises motives other than deference, and calls for behaviour that is not simply deferential. Think of the way that grief takes on ritualised shape in funerals: this is not just an extension of deference. So, why did it make sense to the author or authors of Mencius 2A/6 to say that deference is the starting-point of ritual?

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May 23, 2011 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Ethical Theory, Human nature, Mencius, Psychology | 78 comments

Frontiers of Philosophy in China 6:2 TOC

Volume 6 Number 2 is now available on SpringerLink

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May 23, 2011 Posted by | Philosophy in China, Tables of Contents | no comments

Dao 10:2 TOC

Dao 10:2 is now available, including articles by several regulars on the blog, and an exchange between Justin and myself concerning the interpretation of “li” (= Coherence!). Continue reading “Dao 10:2 TOC”

May 23, 2011 Posted by | Tables of Contents | 7 comments