The Tao of Confucian Virtue Ethics

International Philosophical Quarterly 35 (1):25-41 (1995)
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This article investigates the key aspects of the Confucian virtue ethics such as the "chun- tzu" (Superior Person), the Five Relationships of society, the particular Confucian virtues of "jen" (benevolence) and "li" (propriety), the moral vision of the "tao" (Way), and the understanding of the "t'ien- ming" (Mandate of Heaven). The thesis of the article is that the moral matrix provided by the web of social relationships allows the Confucian ethics of virtue to function well, and that a consideration of this Confucian moral matrix may illuminate the Western debate on the ethics of virtue vs the ethics of duty



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