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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front. Philos. China    2008, Vol. 3 Issue (3) : 352-365
Confucian ethics and emotions
WANG Yunping
School of Public Affairs, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, China;
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Abstract The Confucian understanding of emotions and their ethical importance confirms and exemplifies the contemporary Western renewed understanding of the nature of emotions. By virtue of a systematic conceptual analysis of Confucian ethics, one can see that, according to Confucians, the ethical significance of emotions, lies in that an ethical life is also emotional and virtues are inclinational. And a further exploration shows that the reason for the ethical significance is both that emotions are heavenly-endowed and that there exists a union of emotions and reason in Confucian ethics. This will constitute a challenge to the so-called mainstream ethical theories which have been popularly engaged in seeking justifications for abstract moral rules.
Issue Date: 05 September 2008
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WANG Yunping. Confucian ethics and emotions[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2008, 3(3): 352-365.
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