The Moral Circle and the Self: Chinese and Western Approaches

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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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Contents

A Missing Thought?
3
The Moral Circle
17
Descartes and Mencius on Self and Community
27
A Response to the Mohist Arguments in Impartial Caring
38
Friendship and Role Morality
61
Pluralism and Moral Authority
75
Love and Respect in the Confucian Family
93
Some Parallels with
107
Individualism and Collectivism in Moral
163
Regulating the Family
177
Can There Be a Confucian Civil Society?
193
A Confucian Critique
219
A Philological Approach
249
Autonomy in the Amalects
269
The Problem of the Self in the Amalects
283
Contributors
295

Personal Identity and Family Commitment
143

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