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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front Phil Chin    2012, Vol. 7 Issue (1) : 1-19
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Confucian Ethics and Impartiality: On the Confucian View about Brotherhood
FANG Xudong()
Department of Philosophy, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241, China
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This essay reviews Confucian ethics with regard to impartiality and Confucian notion of brotherhood. It focuses on the comments by Song Neo- Confucians, Cheng Yi and Zhu Xi, about a famous case involving brotherhood. In this case Diwu Lun of the Han dynasty treated his diseased son and his diseased nephew in different ways. The author argues that Confucianism, starting from a naturalist standpoint, affirms the partiality in the relations between brothers, and judges deliberate impartiality negatively. On this point, one cannot simply view Confucianism as analogous to the Kantian ethics which promises impartiality or the virtue ethics which opposes impartiality.

Keywords Confucian ethics      Neo-Confucian      impartiality      virtue ethics      Kantian ethics      brotherhood     
Corresponding Authors: FANG Xudong,   
Issue Date: 05 March 2012
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FANG Xudong. Confucian Ethics and Impartiality: On the Confucian View about Brotherhood[J]. Front Phil Chin, 2012, 7(1): 1-19.
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