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Virtue Ethics and Consequentialism in Early Chinese Philosophy

Virtue Ethics and Consequentialism in Early Chinese Philosophy

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  • Date Published: June 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521867351

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  • In this book, Bryan W. Van Norden examines early Confucianism as a form of virtue ethics and Mohism, an anti-Confucian movement, as a version of consequentialism. The philosophical methodology is analytic, in that the emphasis is on clear exegesis of the texts and a critical examination of the philosophical arguments proposed by each side. Van Norden shows that Confucianism, while similar to Aristotelianism in being a form of virtue ethics, offers different conceptions of “the good life,” the virtues, human nature, and ethical cultivation.

    • Straddles the methodological divide between Sinologists and philosophers
    • Contains the best contemporary research on ancient Chinese language, history, archaeology, and philology
    • The most systematic and sympathetic exposition of the classic debate between Confucians and the Mohists
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...Bryan Van Norden has made a remarkable and thought provoking contribution to a still ongoing dispute about the dao... strongly recommend the book to anyone with an interest in Chinese philosophy and comparative philosophy."
    --Loy Hui-Chieh, Department of Philosophy, National University of Singapore, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy

    "Bryan Van Norden's Virtue Ethics and Consequentialism in Early Chinese Philosophy is a major contribution to the philosophical study of early Chinese thought.... It is a work of enormous scope that attempts to understand three key figures in the early Chinese philosophical tradition: Kongzi, Mozi, and Mengzi.... this book helps advance the debate on the questions of Ruism as a virtue ethics, the place of truth and argumentation in classical Chinese thought, and the relevance of Ruism to contemporary ethics. Van Norden's book is a highly important work, and one I suspect scholars in the field will be engaging with for years to come."
    --Alexus McLeod, University of Dayton, Philosophy East & West

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521867351
    • length: 430 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Kongzi and Ruism
    3. Mozi and early Mohism
    4. Mengzi
    5. Pluralistic Ruism.

  • Author

    Bryan van Norden, Vassar College, New York

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