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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front Phil Chin    2013, Vol. 8 Issue (1) : 4-21     https://doi.org/10.3868/s030-002-013-0002-9
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The Basic Character of the Virtue Theory of Mencius’ Philosophy and Its Significance in Classical Confucianism
CHEN Lai()
Department of Philosophy, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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Abstract

Mencius takes humaneness as the primary moral idea, and makes new annotations to some classical Confucian moral ideas, such as rightness, courtesy and intelligence. The main traditional topic of virtue has, in Mencius, been transformed gradually form virtuous conduct to virtue. The four minds-four virtues theory of Mencius marks the formation of virtue ethics in classical Confucianism.

Keywords Mencius      classical Confucianism      virtuous conduct      virtue ethics     
Corresponding Authors: CHEN Lai,Email:chenl@phil.pku.edu.cn   
Issue Date: 05 March 2013
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CHEN Lai. The Basic Character of the Virtue Theory of Mencius’ Philosophy and Its Significance in Classical Confucianism[J]. Front Phil Chin, 2013, 8(1): 4-21.
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