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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front. Philos. China    2010, Vol. 5 Issue (2) : 179-195
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On Pleasure: A Reflection on Happiness from the Confucian and Daoist Perspectives
CHEN Shaoming,
Department of Philosophy, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China;
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Abstract This paper discusses the structural relationship between ideals on pleasure and pleasure as a human psychological phenomenon in Chinese thought. It describes the psychological phenomenon of pleasure, and compares different approaches by pre-Qin Confucian and Daoist scholars. It also analyzes its development in Song and Ming Confucianism. Finally, in the conclusion, the issue is transferred to a general understanding of happiness, so as to demonstrate the modern value of the classical ideological experience.
Keywords pleasure      worry      self-cultivation      happiness      
Issue Date: 05 June 2010
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CHEN Shaoming. On Pleasure: A Reflection on Happiness from the Confucian and Daoist Perspectives[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2010, 5(2): 179-195.
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