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Article: Happiness in Classical Confucianism: Xunzi

TitleHappiness in Classical Confucianism: Xunzi
Authors
Issue Date2013
PublisherThe University of Arkansas philosophy department and the University of Arkansas Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.pdcnet.org/philtopics/Philosophical-Topics
Citation
Philosophical Topics, 2013, v. 41 n. 1, p. 53-79 How to Cite?
AbstractThis essay contributes to comparative inquiry concerning happiness through a case study of Xunzi, a major Confucian thinker. Xunzi's ethical theory presents values and norms that fill the role of happiness indirectly, through the ideal figure of the gentleman. However, his working conception of psychological happiness and individual well-being turns on aesthetic values that go beyond the universal prudential values to which his ethical theory appeals. Hence I argue that his implicit conception of happiness actually revolves around a way of life grounded in what Susan Wolf has called ‘reasons of love.’
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/201664
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.162

 

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dc.description.abstractThis essay contributes to comparative inquiry concerning happiness through a case study of Xunzi, a major Confucian thinker. Xunzi's ethical theory presents values and norms that fill the role of happiness indirectly, through the ideal figure of the gentleman. However, his working conception of psychological happiness and individual well-being turns on aesthetic values that go beyond the universal prudential values to which his ethical theory appeals. Hence I argue that his implicit conception of happiness actually revolves around a way of life grounded in what Susan Wolf has called ‘reasons of love.’-
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