Warp, Weft, and Way

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

July 29, 2016
by Bill Haines
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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
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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

May 16, 2016
by Bill Haines
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Is Analects 1.2 about family?

Here are some reasons to think that Youzi did not regard family as the root of humanity or of the Way.  (I used to think he did.) Most of my argument focuses on defending a view held by Soothill, Leys, … Continue reading

May 9, 2016
by Bill Haines
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Did Confucius think our virtues are contagious?

Did Confucius think that if one of us has general virtue, or some particular virtue such as courage or filial piety, that general or particular virtue will have a substantial tendency to spread directly to the people around her, even if she … Continue reading

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