Virtue Ethics and Consequentialism in Early Chinese Philosophy

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 11, 2007 - History - 412 pages
In this book, Bryan W. Van Norden examines early Confucianism as a form of virtue ethics and Mohism, an anti-Confucian movement, as a version of consequentialism. The philosophical methodology is analytic, in that the emphasis is on clear exegesis of the texts and a critical examination of the philosophical arguments proposed by each side. Van Norden shows that Confucianism, while similar to Aristotelianism in being a form of virtue ethics, offers different conceptions of “the good life,” the virtues, human nature, and ethical cultivation.

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Bryan W. Van Norden is an associate professor in both the philosophy and Chinese and Japanese departments at Vassar College.

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