CONFUCIUS AND MENCIUS ON THE MOTIVATION TO BE MORAL
Philosophy East & West, Vol. 60, p. 65-87.
By Yong Huang
Focusing on the Analects and the Mencius, this article attempts to
provide a Confucian answer to "why be moral?"—a question about the
motivation to be moral that is neither tautological nor
self-contradictory, as some philosophers claim. The Confucian answer to
this question is that to be moral is joyful. While one may find joy in
doing non-moral and even immoral things, one ought to seek joy in being
moral or at least in being not immoral, as being moral is uniquely
human. As the Confucian motivation for being moral is joy and therefore
appears to be egoistic, Confucian joy lies in practicing the four
cardinal virtues and so is altruistic.
Read the article.
Image taken from Flickr Creative Commons.
(Something interesting I found)Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010