For aristotle, virtue is a mean between two vices (nicomachean ethics ne 1107a2), and a disposition “laying in a mean mesotēti relative to us” (ne this paper seeks to develop a new understanding of aristotle's mean as well as confucius's mean, and to show that there is deep philosophical reason for their similarity. The central ideas of confucianism are outlined the virtue of virtues confucius said he never really saw it full expressed the other virtues follow from it he never gives and defends a confucianism is similar to kant's ethics of duty: the action is done as a good-in-itself, not as a means to an end 3 acting from yi is quite. Confucianism, virtue, and the mean certainly, there are some major similarities between confucian virtue ethics and western virtue ethics as it stems from aristotle (yu 1998, 2007 yao 2000, p 33) in both traditions, focus is on agents and their character, where character involves dispositions such as courage, honesty,. The structural similarities between the aristotelian and confucian concep- tions of self-cultivation indicate a key words: chinese philosophy, comparative ethics, confucianism, confu- cius, virtue ethics in recent then compared to the aristotelian virtues4 while i agree that such approaches are flawed, i also. The philosophical methodology is analytic, in that the emphasis is on clear exegesis of the texts and a critical examination of the philosophical arguments proposed by each side van norden shows that confucianism, while similar to aristotelianism in being a form of virtue ethics, offers different conceptions of “the good life,.
On chinese thought that suggests reading early confucian texts as a form of virtue ethics however, alasdair macintyre keywords: early confucianism, virtue ethics, incommensurability, comparative philosophy ground for comparison of early confucian and aristotelian or neo-aristotelian ethical ideas. The paper focuses specifically on the nicomachean ethics (ne) by aristotle, the analects belonging to confucianism, and the dao de jing coming from daoism the paper is in the conclusion the paper outlines differences as well as similarities between aristotelian and confucian virtue ethics yet, the. Download citation | the ethics of confuc | the ethics of confucius and aristotle: mirrors of virtue by jiyuan yu offers an introductory comparison in overview between confucian and aristotelian understandings of virtue by confucian ethics yu means, in a broad sense, what is included in the.
Virtue ethics and confucianism on the other hand, parts of mengzi's view, particularly his emphasis on the role of the emotions and empathy, reveal significant similarities with thinkers like hume and other sentimentalists, who describe the virtues primarily in terms of certain broadly construed emotions, and especially the. (kanegen/flickr) confucianism is often characterized as a system of social and ethical philosophy rather than a religion ren, sometimes translated love or kindness, is not any one virtue, but the source of all virtues a korean origin myth described in context of korean society and as a comparison to western thought.
In contrast, i wish to show how an alternative virtue ethics tradition, namely, confucianism might precisely have the virtue or virtues that encapsulate the i will then discuss dai zhen's own understanding of shu and zhong, which is both similar and different from the conception of it as found in the analects. Confucius (551-479 bc) is credited with many wise and moral sayings that ultimately led to a religion in which morality and wisdom are central. As early as 1990, lee yearley published a monograph comparing mencius's and aquinas's conceptions of virtue, among the first extended treatments of confucianism as a virtue ethic (yearley 1990) yet as recently as 2010, justin tiwald argued that virtue ethical approaches to confucianism, while having.
Connections between confucianism and either virtue ethics as such or moral philosophers widely worth asking whether a constructive engagement between confucianism and virtue ethics is worth turning into a but compared to the hellenists, the neo-confucians have considerably more to say about the preferred. Model instead, the two traditions should be placed into a robust discourse that per- mits comparison but also allows the uniqueness of confucianism to help scholars rethink and broaden rigid ways of understanding virtue ethics or contemporary ethi- cal problems this volume carefully immerses the reader. Core ethics vol 7（2011） 論文 liberalism and confucianism: rights and virtues niu geping＊ introduction: why compare liberalism and confucianism liberalism and and of human virtues, a central concern in confucianism second, a comparison of the liberal constitutional state and the confucian benevolent. Confucian thought focuses on the cultivation of virtue in a morally organised world some of the basic confucian ethical concepts and practices include rén, yì , and lǐ, and zhì rén (仁, benevolence or humaneness) is the essence of the human being which manifests as compassion it is the virtue-form of heaven.
Virtue ethics is primarily concerned with traits of character that are essential to human flourishing, not with the enumeration of duties virtue ethics, approach to ethics that takes the notion of virtue (often conceived as excellence) as fundamental virtue ethics is in confucianism: transformation since the 19th century.
Non-western moral and religious philosophies, such as confucianism in ancient china, also incorporate ideas that may appear similar to those developed by the ancient greeks and, like ancient greek ethics, chinese ethical thought makes an explicit connection between virtue and statecraft or politics the greek idea of. Ethic shares enough similarities with a feminist ethics of care to warrant the conclusion that feminist care confucian ethics as a virtue ethic, and distinguishes virtue ethics and care ethics as involving different xiao wei, in comparing confucianism, care ethics, and christian ethics, describes the dilemma that arises for a. Virtue ethics are normative ethical theories which emphasize virtues of mind and character virtue ethicists discuss the nature and definition of virtues and other related problems for example, how are virtues acquired how are they applied in various real life contexts are virtues rooted in a universal human nature or in a.