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By Bryan van Norden

ISBN-10: 0521867355

ISBN-13: 9780521867351

during this 2007 booklet Bryan W. Van Norden examines early Confucianism as a kind of advantage ethics and Mohism, an anti-Confucian stream, as a model of consequentialism. The philosophical technique is analytic, in that the emphasis is on transparent exegesis of the texts and a severe exam of the philosophical arguments proposed by way of either side. Van Norden exhibits that Confucianism, whereas just like Aristotelianism in being a sort of advantage ethics, deals diversified conceptions of 'the sturdy life', the virtues, human nature, and moral cultivation. Mohism is equivalent to Western utilitarianism in being a kind of consequentialism, yet detailed in its belief of the appropriate outcomes and in its particular thought-experiments and state-of-nature arguments. Van Norden uses the easiest examine on chinese language historical past, archaeology, and philology. His textual content is available to philosophers with out past wisdom of chinese language tradition and to Sinologists with out history in philosophy.

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