Warp, Weft, and Way

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

January 6, 2018
by Bill Haines

Question about family and society in the Chinese philosophical tradition

Here are three different ideas: Having the right attitudes in my family relationships tends to give me the right attitudes in my political relationships. Where right family attitudes prevail in society, the right political attitudes tend also to prevail. Differences … Continue reading

July 29, 2016
by Bill Haines

Analects 1.6, and how Confucius envisioned moral progress

Confucius’ remark at Analects 1.6 is often cited to show that he thought proper moral development begins with filial piety and then extends that attitude to ever-larger groups of people (ever less intensely).  I shall argue that the remark does … Continue reading

May 27, 2016
by Bill Haines

The meaning of Analects 2.21

Someone said to Confucius, “Master, why don’t you engage in government?” The Master said, “The Book of Documents says, ‘Filial! But be filial, and a friend to your brothers, thus contributing to government.’ Why then do that other kind of … Continue reading

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