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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front. Philos. China    2008, Vol. 3 Issue (2) : 163-176
The self and the other: An unanswered question in Confucian theory
ZHAO Tingyang
Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing 100732, China
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Abstract Fei Xiaotong’s thoughts on the Confucian system of interpersonal relationships actually indicated that the Confucian theory of social cooperation leads itself to an unsettled paradox, that is, there is a lack of universal theoretical construction in the Confucian moral system. Confucian theory does not extend beyond practical circumstances. Instead, its universal principles always disappear in specific circumstances. Because of its long established position in mainstream dialogue, Confucianism failed to reflect on its flaws, but this paradox has been revealed in the face of modern challenges.
Issue Date: 05 June 2008
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ZHAO Tingyang. The self and the other: An unanswered question in Confucian theory[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2008, 3(2): 163-176.
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