Confucianism and the Philosophy of Well Being

Richard Kim organizes the book around four main areas: the conception of virtues in early Confucianism and the way that they advance both individual and communal well-being; the role of Confucian ritual practices in familial and communal ...

Author: Richard Kim

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351710886

Category: Philosophy

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Well-being is topic of perennial concern. It has been of significant interest to scholars across disciplines, culture, and time. But like morality, conceptions of well-being are deeply shaped and influenced by one’s particular social and cultural context. We ought to pursue, therefore, a cross-cultural understanding of well-being and moral psychology by taking seriously reflections from a variety of moral traditions. This book develops a Confucian account of well-being, considering contemporary accounts of ethics and virtue in light of early Confucian thought and philosophy. Its distinctive approach lies in the integration of Confucian moral philosophy, contemporary empirical psychology, and contemporary philosophical accounts of well-being. Richard Kim organizes the book around four main areas: the conception of virtues in early Confucianism and the way that they advance both individual and communal well-being; the role of Confucian ritual practices in familial and communal ties; the developmental structure of human life and its culmination in the achievement of sagehood; and the sense of joy that the early Confucians believed was central to the virtuous and happy life.
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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Well Being

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Well-Being provides a comprehensive, outstanding guide and reference source to the key topics and debates in this exciting subject.

Author: Guy Fletcher

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317402657

Category: Philosophy

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The concept of well-being is one of the oldest and most important topics in philosophy and ethics, going back to ancient Greek philosophy. Following the boom in happiness studies in the last few years it has moved to centre stage, grabbing media headlines and the attention of scientists, psychologists and economists. Yet little is actually known about well-being and it is an idea that is often poorly articulated. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Well-Being provides a comprehensive, outstanding guide and reference source to the key topics and debates in this exciting subject. Comprising over 40 chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into six parts: well-being in the history of philosophy current theories of well-being, including hedonism and perfectionism examples of well-being and its opposites, including friendship and virtue and pain and death theoretical issues, such as well-being and value, harm, identity and well-being and children well-being in moral and political philosophy well-being and related subjects, including law, economics and medicine. Essential reading for students and researchers in ethics and political philosophy, it is also an invaluable resource for those in related disciplines such as psychology, politics and sociology.
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Confucian Perfectionism

A Political Philosophy for Modern Times Joseph Chan ... mark to say that early
Confucians subscribe to a broad conception that takes material well-being, moral
selfcultivation, and virtuous social relationships as constituents of “the good life” ...

Author: Joseph Chan

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691168166

Category: Political Science

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Since the very beginning, Confucianism has been troubled by a serious gap between its political ideals and the reality of societal circumstances. Contemporary Confucians must develop a viable method of governance that can retain the spirit of the Confucian ideal while tackling problems arising from nonideal modern situations. The best way to meet this challenge, Joseph Chan argues, is to adopt liberal democratic institutions that are shaped by the Confucian conception of the good rather than the liberal conception of the right. Confucian Perfectionism examines and reconstructs both Confucian political thought and liberal democratic institutions, blending them to form a new Confucian political philosophy. Chan decouples liberal democratic institutions from their popular liberal philosophical foundations in fundamental moral rights, such as popular sovereignty, political equality, and individual sovereignty. Instead, he grounds them on Confucian principles and redefines their roles and functions, thus mixing Confucianism with liberal democratic institutions in a way that strengthens both. Then he explores the implications of this new yet traditional political philosophy for fundamental issues in modern politics, including authority, democracy, human rights, civil liberties, and social justice. Confucian Perfectionism critically reconfigures the Confucian political philosophy of the classical period for the contemporary era.
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The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony

I show how harmony serves as a leading concept for a holistic virtuous life that
encompasses both moral refinement and physical well-being in the Confucian
good life. Harmony of Qi and personal well-being Qi is the primal stuff in the ...

Author: Chenyang Li

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134600410

Category: Philosophy

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Harmony is a concept essential to Confucianism and to the way of life of past and present people in East Asia. Integrating methods of textual exegesis, historical investigation, comparative analysis, and philosophical argumentation, this book presents a comprehensive treatment of the Confucian philosophy of harmony. The book traces the roots of the concept to antiquity, examines its subsequent development, and explicates its theoretical and practical significance for the contemporary world. It argues that, contrary to a common view in the West, Confucian harmony is not mere agreement but has to be achieved and maintained with creative tension. Under the influence of a Weberian reading of Confucianism as "adjustment" to a world with an underlying fixed cosmic order, Confucian harmony has been systematically misinterpreted in the West as presupposing an invariable grand scheme of things that pre-exists in the world to which humanity has to conform. The book shows that Confucian harmony is a dynamic, generative process, which seeks to balance and reconcile differences and conflicts through creativity. Illuminating one of the most important concepts in Chinese philosophy and intellectual history, this book is of interest to students of Chinese studies, history and philosophy in general and eastern philosophy in particular.
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Dao Companion to Classical Confucian Philosophy

These terms, however, often carry certain specific connotations, especially in
contemporary philosophical analysis of the ... well-being of others, or simply
concern for others, when referring to the relation between self and others that
Confucian ...

Author: Vincent Shen

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789048129362

Category: Philosophy

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This volume presents both a historical and a systematic examination of the philosophy of classical Confucianism. Taking into account newly unearthed materials and the most recent scholarship, it features contributions by experts in the field, ranging from senior scholars to outstanding early career scholars. The book first presents the historical development of classical Confucianism, detailing its development amidst a fading ancient political theology and a rising wave of creative humanism. It examines the development of the philosophical ideas of Confucius as well as his disciples and his grandson Zisi, the Zisi-Mencius School, Mencius, and Xunzi. Together with this historical development, the book analyzes and critically assesses the philosophy in the Confucian Classics and other major works of these philosophers. The second part systematically examines such philosophical issues as feeling and emotion, the aesthetic appreciation of music, wisdom in poetry, moral psychology, virtue ethics, political thoughts, the relation with the Ultimate Reality, and the concept of harmony in Confucianism. The Philosophy of Classical Confucianism offers an unparalleled examination to the philosophers, basic texts and philosophical concepts and ideas of Classical Confucianism as well as the recently unearthed bamboo slips related to Classical Confucianism. It will prove itself a valuable reference to undergraduate and postgraduate university students and teachers in philosophy, Chinese history, History, Chinese language and Culture.
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Chinese Philosophy Confucianism other schools

Confucius , on the other hand , claimed that it is natural to love those nearest one
or related to oneself more than those ... the English philosophers , propounded
this view that the good is whatever will promote or insure the well - being of the ...

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Taking Confucian Ethics Seriously

A consideration of Confucian ethics as a living ethical tradition with contemporary relevance. This thought-provoking work presents Confucianism as a living ethical tradition with contemporary relevance.

Author: Kam-por Yu

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438433165

Category: Philosophy

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A consideration of Confucian ethics as a living ethical tradition with contemporary relevance.
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Confucian Traditions in East Asian Modernity

Seventeen scholars from varying fields here consider the implications of Confucian concerns--self-cultivation, regulation of the family, social civility, moral education, well-being of the people, governance of the state, and universal ...

Author: Weiming Tu

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674160878

Category: History

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Seventeen scholars from varying fields here consider the implications of Confucian concerns--self-cultivation, regulation of the family, social civility, moral education, well-being of the people, governance of the state, and universal peace--in industrial East Asia.
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Academic American Encyclopedia

The ruler bears responsibility for the well-being of the people and therefore tor
peace and order in the empire. Confucian philosophy presupposes a view of
human nature in which humans are essentially social animals whose mode of
social ...

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A twenty-one volume encyclopedia with 32,000 entries and more than 16,000 illustrations.
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Reconstructionist Confucianism

Contrasting with conventional Neo-Confucian attempts to recast the Confucian heritage in light of modern Western values, this book offers a Reconstructionist Confucian project to reclaim Confucian resources to meet contemporary moral and ...

Author: Ruiping Fan

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9048131561

Category: Philosophy

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Contrasting with conventional Neo-Confucian attempts to recast the Confucian heritage in light of modern Western values, this book offers a Reconstructionist Confucian project to reclaim Confucian resources to meet contemporary moral and public policy challenges. Ruiping Fan argues that popular accounts of human goods and social justice within the dominant individualist culture of the West are too insubstantial to direct a life of virtue and a proper structure of society. Instead, he demonstrates that the moral insights of Confucian thought are precisely those needed to fill the moral vacuum developing in post-communist China and to address similar problems in the West. The book has a depth of reflection on the Confucian tradition through a comparative philosophical strategy and a breadth of contemporary issues addressed unrivaled by any other work on these topics. It is the first in English to explore not only the endeavor to revive Confucianism in contemporary China, but also brings such an endeavor to bear upon the important ethical, social, and political difficulties being faced in 21st century China. The book should be of interest to any philosopher working in application of traditional Chinese philosophy to contemporary issues as well as any reader interested in comparative cultural and ethical studies.
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Academic American Encyclopedia

The ruler bears responsibility for the well - being of the people and therefore for
peace and order in the empire . Confucian philosophy presupposes a view of
human nature in which humans are essentially social animals whose mode of
social ...

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Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character

In this volume, leading scholars in Asian and comparative philosophy take the work of Joel J. Kupperman as a point of departure to consider new perspectives on Confucian ethics.

Author: Chenyang Li

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438453248

Category: Philosophy

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A consideration of Confucian ethics that employs the work and concerns of the eminent comparative ethicist Joel J. Kupperman. In this volume, leading scholars in Asian and comparative philosophy take the work of Joel J. Kupperman as a point of departure to consider new perspectives on Confucian ethics. Kupperman is one of the few eminent Western philosophers to have integrated Asian philosophical traditions into his thought, developing a character-based ethics synthesizing Western, Chinese, and Indian philosophies. With their focus on Confucian ethics, contributors respond, expand, and engage in critical dialogue with Kupperman’s views. Kupperman joins the conversation with responses and comments that conclude the volume. “Joel Kupperman is rightly celebrated for his success at drawing on Eastern traditions to enlarge our (Western) understanding of key issues in philosophy. The impressive essays in this volume extend Kupperman’s approach with stimulating reflections on character, emotions, and well-being.” — Stephen C. Angle, author of Contemporary Confucian Political Philosophy “Each essay by a major figure in comparative philosophy is a masterful engagement with the Confucian tradition that reveals its resources for us today. Scholars and students of both Chinese philosophy and comparative philosophy will want to read this impressive volume.” — Owen Flanagan, author of The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Buddhism Naturalized
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Review Journal of Philosophy Social Science

Confucian philosophy also stresses the inherent social nature of man and that
human beings can only exist in a group ... nature of man is developed beyond
Plato and Aristotle to moral empathy and active concern for the well - being of
others .

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Philosophies of Happiness

In Philosophies of Happiness, Diana Lobel provides a rich spectrum of arguments for a theory of happiness as flourishing or well-being, offering a global, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary perspective on how to create a vital, ...

Author: Diana Lobel

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231545327

Category: Philosophy

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What does it mean to be truly happy? In Philosophies of Happiness, Diana Lobel provides a rich spectrum of arguments for a theory of happiness as flourishing or well-being, offering a global, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary perspective on how to create a vital, fulfilling, and significant life. Drawing upon perspectives from a broad range of philosophical traditions—Eastern and Western, ancient and contemporary—the book suggests that just as physical health is the well-being of the body, happiness is the healthy and flourishing condition of the whole human being, and we experience the most complete happiness when we realize our potential through creative engagement. Lobel shows that while thick descriptions of happiness differ widely in texture and detail, certain themes resonate across texts from different traditions and historical contexts, suggesting core features of a happy life: attentive awareness; effortless action; relationship and connection to a larger, interconnected community; love or devotion; and creative engagement. Each feature adds meaning, significance, and value, so that we can craft lives of worth and purpose. These themes emerge from careful study of philosophical and religious texts and traditions: the Greek philosophers Aristotle and Epicurus; the Chinese traditions of Confucius, Laozi, and Zhuangzi; the Hindu Bhagavad Gītā; the Japanese Buddhist tradition of Soto Zen master Dōgen and his modern expositor Shunryu Suzuki; the Western religious traditions of Augustine and Maimonides; the Persian Sufi tale Conference of the Birds; and contemporary research on mindfulness and creativity. Written in a clear, accessible style, Philosophies of Happiness invites readers of all backgrounds to explore and engage with religious and philosophical conceptions of what makes life meaningful. Visit https://cup.columbia.edu/extras/supplement/philosophies-of-happiness for additional appendixes and supplemental notes.
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Confucianism

It is no exaggeration to say that China is the land of Confucianism , the Ju
philosophy permeating the Chinese ... has been belief in moral order and values
, which involve a concern for the whole humanity , its suffering and its well - being
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Author: Chʻu Chai

Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Incorporated

ISBN: STANFORD:36105007506178

Category: Philosophy

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Traces the rise of Confucianism as a religion and philosophy, revealing the ways in which it has shaped and dominated Chinese thought
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The Ageless Chinese

PHILOSOPHY Politically one of the weakest regimes in Chinese history , Sung
was nevertheless one of the most productive in cultural achievement . ... A good
Confucian was a person who lived according to Confucian precepts ; it was
secondary or even immaterial ... were not only irresponsible but also immoral ,
because such an attitude could neither contribute to personal wellbeing nor
benefit society ...

Author: Dun Jen Li

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ISBN: UOM:39015054089829

Category: China

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Unitas

And thus , the Confucian I Confucian philosophy regards the emperor as father to
his people , who looks after their well - being . See subtopic " The Political
System " of this same report . 2 D. H. Smith , Chinese Religions in “ History of
Religion ...

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Moral Issues in Global Perspective

13 When a king makes a decision , he should consider the well - being of the
people first . 14 It would be ... Among prominent classic Confucian philosophers ,
Mencius ' thought is considered the closest to the idea of democracy . 16 If his
idea ...

Author: Christine Koggel

Publisher: Peterborough, Ont. : Broadview Press

ISBN: UOM:39015054379550

Category: Philosophy

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Moral Issues in Global Perspective seeks to challenge standard approaches to morality and moral issues shaped by Western liberal theory and to extend the inquiry beyond the context of North America. It includes critiques of traditional liberal accounts of rights, justice, and moral values that raise questions about the treatment of disadvantaged groups within liberal societies as well as in other societies and across societies. It covers a broader range of issues and arguments than most textbooks on practical ethics. It incorporates work by race, class, feminist, and disability theorists that provides new perspectives on issues such as reproduction, euthanasia, censorship, and the environment. The collection places moral issues in a global context by providing selections by moral and political theorists from many different parts of the world.
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Confucius His Life Thought and Influence

These are also the aspects where the influence of Confucian philosophy on later
generations can be seen most ... Dr. Sun Yat - sen's philosophy , namely the
principles of national self - determination , democracy and the well - being of the
 ...

Author: Dezhen Gong

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ISBN: 9570000007

Category: Confucianism

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Asian philosophy

We infer , then , that this is also how Confucius derives his sense of the divine
mission . ... 14 This accords with Cicero ' s well - known remark that Socrates is '
the first to call philosophy down from the heavens ... with being favored by the
gods , ' or ' good fortune , ' refers to overall well being , achievement , or
flourishing .

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