[SydPhil] Notification: Karyn Lai @ Wed 29 Mar 2017 13:00 - 14:30 (Seminars)

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Title: Karyn Lai
Moral Philosophy and Confucius’ Analects

I consider a fundamental question in Confucian scholarship: how do we  
understand ethics in Confucius’ Analects? Immanuel Kant commented that  
“Philosophy is not to be found in the whole Orient...Their teacher  
Confucius teaches in his writings nothing outside a moral doctrine designed  
for the princes...and offers examples of former Chinese princes...But a  
concept of virtue and morality never entered the heads of the Chinese. In  
order to arrive at an idea...of the good [certain] studies would be  
required, of which [the Chinese] know nothing” (Helmuth von Glasenapp, Kant  
und die Religionen des Osten, Kitzingen-Main: Holzner verlag, 1954, pp.  
105-106, trans. Julia Ching in “Chinese Ethics and Kant,” Philosophy East  
and West 28.2: 161-172). More recently, comparative philosophers have  
presented Confucian ethics through the prism of ethical frameworks in  
Western philosophy including, for example, consequentialist or virtue  
ethics. I suggest a novel way of reading the Analects: that Confucius’  
words should be read non-prescriptively, which has the effect of liberating  
modern readers from their normative grip. Importantly, this approach to the  
ancient Chinese text paves the way for a more fruitful engagement with it,  
allowing us to use it to enhance our own moral learning.

When: Wed 29 Mar 2017 13:00 – 14:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Calendar: Seminars
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