About the Book

Early Confucian Ethics

Early Confucian Ethics

January 2007
Trade Paperback · 208 Pages
$28.95 U.S.
ISBN 9780812695854
Open Court


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In this book internationally renowned scholar Kim-chong Chong offers new views of early Confucian thought by exploring — and in some case debunking — conventional wisdom on the subject. He begins by showing how The Analects contradicts the notion that Confucius rarely addressed the issue of humanity. Next, he challenges the concepts that Mencius discussed human nature only rhetorically and Xunzi merely repeated definitions. Finally, he examines the strengths, weaknesses, differences, and similarities of Mencius’s and Xunzi’s theories of what it means to be human — and their surprising relation to Confucius’s ethical system.

About the Author

Kim-chong Chong
Contributor residences (city, state or country if outside the US or Canada): Currently lives in Hong Kong.

Associate Professor, Division of Humanities, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.