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

New Article on Feng Youlan and New Realism

The new issue of Modern China has an article by Xiaoqing Diana Lin entitled “Creating Modern Chinese Metaphysics: Feng Youlan and New Realism.” The abstract is available at this link.

January 7, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Feng Youlan, Metaphysics, Modern Chinese Philosophy, New Confucianism | no comments

Morality vs. Prudence in Confucianism?

Chapter 5 of my Sagehood book is concerned in various ways with the scope of ethics. On p. 92, I articulate some of my conclusions as follows:

…There is no morality-versus-prudence distinction. Instead, everything matters. The style and form with which one acts are important, though not in a way that can be detached from other aspects of the situations in which we find ourselves. There is, to be sure, a great emphasis on avoiding selfishness. But when everything matters, we are included: it is appropriate that we matter to ourselves, though we must be careful that we do not become so focused on our own immediate concerns that we view things in a skewed way.

In some recent discussions with colleagues, my claim that there is no morality-versus-prudence distinction (in either Neo-Confucianism or classical Confucianism, though the details and evidence will differ somewhat between the two cases) has met with some resistance. Continue reading “Morality vs. Prudence in Confucianism?”

February 10, 2011 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Ethical Theory, Feng Youlan, Mou Zongsan | 24 comments