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Article: Skepticism and value in the Zhuangzi

TitleSkepticism and value in the Zhuangzi
Authors
Issue Date2009
PublisherPhilosophy Documentation Center. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.pdcnet.org/ipq.html
Citation
International Philosophical Quarterly, 2009, v. 49 n. 4, issue 196, p. 439-457 How to Cite?
AbstractThe ethics of the Zhuāngzi is distinctive for its valorization of psychological qualities such as open-mindedness, adaptability, and tolerance. The paper discusses how these qualities and their consequences for morality and politics relate to the text’s views on skepticism and value. Chad Hansen has argued that Zhuangist ethical views are motivated by skepticism about our ability to know a privileged scheme of action-guiding distinctions, which in turn is grounded in a form of relativism about such distinctions. Against this, I contend that the Zhuāngzi’s skepticism and its ethical stance jointly rest on a metaethical view of value as inherently plural, perspectival, heterogeneous, and contingent. This view provides grounds for moral consideration toward others and for political liberalism. It also explains how the psychological qualities valorized in the Zhuāngzi contribute to the value of our individual lives, by showing what their absence costs us.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/208091
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.146

 

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dc.contributor.authorFraser, C-
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-11T01:09:55Z-
dc.date.available2015-02-11T01:09:55Z-
dc.date.issued2009-
dc.identifier.citationInternational Philosophical Quarterly, 2009, v. 49 n. 4, issue 196, p. 439-457-
dc.identifier.issn0019-0365-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/208091-
dc.description.abstractThe ethics of the Zhuāngzi is distinctive for its valorization of psychological qualities such as open-mindedness, adaptability, and tolerance. The paper discusses how these qualities and their consequences for morality and politics relate to the text’s views on skepticism and value. Chad Hansen has argued that Zhuangist ethical views are motivated by skepticism about our ability to know a privileged scheme of action-guiding distinctions, which in turn is grounded in a form of relativism about such distinctions. Against this, I contend that the Zhuāngzi’s skepticism and its ethical stance jointly rest on a metaethical view of value as inherently plural, perspectival, heterogeneous, and contingent. This view provides grounds for moral consideration toward others and for political liberalism. It also explains how the psychological qualities valorized in the Zhuāngzi contribute to the value of our individual lives, by showing what their absence costs us.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherPhilosophy Documentation Center. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.pdcnet.org/ipq.html-
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Philosophical Quarterly-
dc.titleSkepticism and value in the Zhuangzien_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailFraser, C: cjfraser@gmail.com-
dc.identifier.doi10.5840/ipq200949462-
dc.identifier.hkuros171494-
dc.identifier.volume49-
dc.identifier.issue4, issue 196-
dc.identifier.spage439-
dc.identifier.epage457-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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