Confucianism and Ethics in the Western Philosophical Tradition I: Foundational Concepts
Philosophy Compass, Volume 5, Issue 4, PP. 307 - 316.
By Mary I.
Confucianism conceives of persons as being necessarily interdependent,
defining personhood in terms of the various roles one embodies and that
are established by the relationships basic to one's life. By way of
contrast, the Western philosophical tradition has predominantly defined
persons in terms of intrinsic characteristics not thought to depend on
others. This more strictly and explicitly individualistic concept of
personhood contrasts with the Confucian idea that one becomes a person
because of others; where one is never a person independently or in and
of oneself but develops into one only in community. This article
surveys some differences between Confucian and Western ideas of self
and their connection to ethics mainly in light of the relational self
of the Confucian Analects and Mencius. A Philosophy
Compass article called Confucianism and Ethics in the Western
Philosophical Tradition II: A Comparative Analysis of Personhood
will follow, that examines how the more individualistic way of
conceiving of personhood in the West has had moral and political
implications that differ, and even conflict, with those of Confucianism.
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