Do Not Take Confucians as Kantians: Comments on Liu Qingping’s Interpretation of Confucian Teachings

Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 7 (1):45-49 (2008)
  Copy   BIBTEX


LIU Qingping’s criticism of Confucian teachings of filial piety, though valuable in stimulating critical attitude toward classic Confucianism, is largely based on misinterpreting Confucians as Kantians. The article tries to show that, unlike the Kantian rule-oriented ethic that provides universal ethical principles, Confucianism focuses on the process of person-making, and the teachings of classic Confucianism are more like gongfu instructions than moral principles. Looking from the gongfu perspective, Liu’s criticism becomes misdirected, if not irrelevant.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,075

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Is mencius' doctrine of 'extending affection' tenable?Qingping Liu - 2004 - Asian Philosophy 14 (1):79 – 90.
Are early confucians consequentialists?Wang Yunping - 2005 - Asian Philosophy 15 (1):19-34.
A confucian reflection on genetic enhancement.Ruiping Fan - 2010 - American Journal of Bioethics 10 (4):62 – 70.
Is mencius' doctrine of 'commiseration' tenable?Qingping Liu - 2001 - Asian Philosophy 11 (2):73 – 84.
Confucian moral realism.JeeLoo Liu - 2007 - Asian Philosophy 17 (2):167 – 184.
On a paradox of Christian love.Qingping Liu - 2007 - Journal of Religious Ethics 35 (4):681-694.


Added to PP

57 (#281,354)

6 months
1 (#1,473,890)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Peimin Ni
Grand Valley State University