The Moral Circle and the Self: Chinese and Western Approaches
Kim Chong Chong, Sor-hoon Tan, C. L. Ten
Open Court Publishing, 2003 - Philosophy - 307 pages
If ethics encompasses not just a concern for self and family but also for a wider circle of others, what resources do Chinese and Western ethics offer to motivate and guide this expansion of concern? This question is the theme uniting all these essays by leading Chinese and Western philosophers.
Topics discussed include: the Confician emphasis on hierarchy; the motivational basis driving concern for others; how Descartes and Mencius analyzed pity and compassion, how personal identities are formed in Chinese and Western cultures, the possibility of a Confucian civil society, and children's rights.
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Love and Respect in the Confucian Family
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A Philological Approach
Autonomy in the Amalects
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Personal Identity and Family Commitment
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