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Conference Paper: The ethics of the Mohist dialogues

TitleThe ethics of the Mohist dialogues
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Issue Date2009
Citation
The Mohism Workshop on The Many Faces of Mozi: A Synchronic and Diachronic Study of Mohist Thought, K.U. Leuven, Belgium, 25-28 June 2009. How to Cite?
AbstractThe ethics of the Mohist ‘Dialogues’ is largely consistent with that of the ‘Triads,’ but the Dialogues present at least four novel extensions of Mohist ethical ideas. First, they clarify the Mohist conception of dào 道 as norms that can be explicitly expressed in yán 言 (statements) and publicized and consistently followed by all with good consequences. Second, they express a series of views on moral worth, which tie it to agents’ character and intentions. Third, they fill out the Mohist view of moral motivation and indicate how the Mohists approach the problem of weakness of will. Fourth, they present a new, highly demanding ideal of moral sagehood. On the whole, the Dialogues present a more demanding conception of the moral life than the Triads do. This difference may be due partly to a general tendency in later generations of the Mohist movement to shift toward more extreme positions. But it can also explained partly by the different audiences to which the two sets of texts were directed. Whereas the Triads are addressed primarily to rulers, officials, and gentlemen, most of whom were probably not Mohist followers, the Dialogues appear to be addressed primarily to committed Mohist disciples. Hence they may depict ideals that exceed the norms to which the Mohists expected the typical member of society to conform.
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dc.contributor.authorFraser, CJen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-31T10:30:04Z-
dc.date.available2010-10-31T10:30:04Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationThe Mohism Workshop on The Many Faces of Mozi: A Synchronic and Diachronic Study of Mohist Thought, K.U. Leuven, Belgium, 25-28 June 2009.en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/124360-
dc.description.abstractThe ethics of the Mohist ‘Dialogues’ is largely consistent with that of the ‘Triads,’ but the Dialogues present at least four novel extensions of Mohist ethical ideas. First, they clarify the Mohist conception of dào 道 as norms that can be explicitly expressed in yán 言 (statements) and publicized and consistently followed by all with good consequences. Second, they express a series of views on moral worth, which tie it to agents’ character and intentions. Third, they fill out the Mohist view of moral motivation and indicate how the Mohists approach the problem of weakness of will. Fourth, they present a new, highly demanding ideal of moral sagehood. On the whole, the Dialogues present a more demanding conception of the moral life than the Triads do. This difference may be due partly to a general tendency in later generations of the Mohist movement to shift toward more extreme positions. But it can also explained partly by the different audiences to which the two sets of texts were directed. Whereas the Triads are addressed primarily to rulers, officials, and gentlemen, most of whom were probably not Mohist followers, the Dialogues appear to be addressed primarily to committed Mohist disciples. Hence they may depict ideals that exceed the norms to which the Mohists expected the typical member of society to conform.zh_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofMohism Workshop on The Many Faces of Mozi-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleThe ethics of the Mohist dialoguesen_HK
dc.typeConference_Paperen_HK
dc.identifier.emailFraser, CJ: cjfraser@gmail.comen_HK
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.hkuros171496en_HK

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