Action and Agency in Early Chinese Thought

Journal of Chinese Philosophy and Culture 5:217–39 (2009)
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In this lecture, I present a sketch of how action and agency are conceived of in pre-Qín 先秦, or classical, Chinese thought, along the way drawing some contrasts with familiar Western conceptions of action. I will also comment briefly on how the ideas I present might affect our interpretation of early Chinese texts and how they might help us to relate early Chinese thought to contemporary action theory and ethics.



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Chris Fraser
Chinese University of Hong Kong

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