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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 W. 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…    
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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 associate professor in both the philosophy and Chinese and Japanese departments at Vassar College. He has edited and contributed to Confucius and the Analects: New Essays and Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy. A Fulbright Fellow, he has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Introduction
Kongzi and Ruism
Mozi and early Mohism
Mengzi
Pluralistic Ruism