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Moral Vision and Tradition: Essays in Chinese Ethics

Moral Vision and Tradition: Essays in Chinese Ethics (Hardback)

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This volume offers a comprehensive philosophical study of Confucian ethics-its basic insights and its relevance to contemporary Western moral philosophy. Distinguished writer and philosopher A. S. Cua presents fourteen essays which deal with various problems arising in the philosophical explication of the nature of Chinese ethical thought. Offering a unique analytical approach, Cua focuses on the conceptual and dialectical aspects of Confucian ethics. Among the topics discussed are: the nature and significance of the Chinese Confucian moral vision of tao; the complementary insights of Classical Taoism, namely of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu; and the logical and rhetorical aspects of Confucian ethics. Perhaps more relevant to contemporary East-West ethical discourse, several essays present an introduction to a systematic Confucian moral philosophy. Cua explains the idea of a living, Confucian, ethical tradition and highlights the problem of interpreting the cardinal concepts of Confucian ethics as an ethics of virtue. Much of the effort is spent in shaping concepts such as jen (humanity), I (rightness), and li (ritual propriety) in the light of the Confucian ideal or vision of tao.

Cua concludes with a discussion of the possibility of reasoned discourse, aiming at a resolution of intercultural, ethical conflict. This book will appeal to a broad spectrum of scholars interested in ethics, Chinese philosophy, comparative Chinese and Western ethical thought, and Confucianism. A. S. Cua, professor emeritus of philosophy at The Catholic University of America, is the author of numerous articles and books, including Ethical Argumentation: A Study in Hsun Tzu's Moral Epistemology (1985), The Unity of Knowledge and Action: A Study in Wang Yang-ming's Moral Psychology (1982), and Dimensions of Moral Creativity (1978). He also serves as coeditor of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy, associate editor of the International Journal of Philosophy of Religion, and editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy. "The essays are lucid and accessible, and while there are still many footnotes to essays and books not included in the collection, one can readily comprehend and evaluate Cua's arguments without reliance on anything outside the volume. Moral Vision and Tradition is thus an ideal introduction to Cua's thought...This is not to say that Cua has given us the final word on Confucianism, either as historical tradition or as contemporary moral vision.

What he offers are novel and well-reasoned ideas and interpretations whose challenges many of us would do well to heed."--Journal of Asian Studies "This is a marvelous book by a very distinguished and well known philosopher, almost unique in his gifts...The book presents a genuine, technically developed, philosophy of life and culture and uses both the Chinese and Western traditions as its resource texts for discussion. I know of no other philosopher who comes even close to Cua in integrating the ideas from both traditions in a continuous discussion."-Professor Robert C. Neville, Boston University "Cua is an impressively learned scholar, and his learning is not limited to the most recent scholarly literature. He also is ultra-sophisticated within the framework of current Western philosophy...There is a great deal to agree with and admire in this collection, even if one does not agree with everything. Scholars of Chinese philosophy will be pleased by the publication of this book."--China Review International This volume of essays brings together two decades of sustained reflection on the Chinese moral tradition and its relation to contemporary Anglo-American philosophy.

Anyone working on these subjects will profit from reading these essays and from the convenience of their publication in

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesNon-Western philosophyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryEthics & moral philosophy Publisher: The Catholic University of America Press Publication Date: 01/05/1998 ISBN-13: 9780813208909  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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