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Virtue Ethics and Consequentialism in Early Chinese Philosophy

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ISBN-10: 0521867355

ISBN-13: 9780521867351

Edition: 2007

Authors: Bryan Van Norden

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Bryan W. Van Norden examines early Confucianism as a form of virtue ethics and Mohism, an anti-Confucian movement, as a version of consequentialism. 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', the virtues, human nature, and ethical cultivation. Mohism is akin to Western utilitarianism in being a form of consequentialism, but distinctive in its conception of the relevant consequences and in its specific thought-experiments and state-of-nature arguments. Van Norden makes use of the best current research on Chinese history, archaeology, and philology. His text is accessible to philosophers with no previous knowledge of Chinese culture and to Sinologists with no background in philosophy.
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Book details

List price: $124.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/11/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 430
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Bryan W. Van Norden is Professor in the Philosophy Department, and in the department of Chinese and Japanese, at Vassar College.

Introduction
Kongzi and Ruism
Mozi and early Mohism
Mengzi
Pluralistic Ruism