Confucian Role Ethics: A Vocabulary
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352pp. April 2011
Confucian Role Ethics: A Vocabulary
Author: Ames, Roger T.;
Confucian Role Ethics is an exploration of what constitutes and how one becomes an authentic, moral human being as conceived in the Confucian tradition. The book establishes an interpretive context by exploring some of the cosmological foundations of Confucian philosophy through discussion of commentary on the Yijing (The Book of Changes), Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Chinese cosmology. The author proceeds to delineate the morals and ideals of a Confucian life and its foundation in feelings of familial intimacy and its human-centered religiousness. These ideas are contrasted with the principle and virtue based traditions of the Abrahamic religions as well as of the individualistic tradition beginning in ancient Greece. Lastly, Ames attempts to critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of Confucian role ethics as articulated in the early canonical texts, discussing both its return to prominence and feasibility as a system of ethical conduct for the present day.

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"In this faithful contribution to recent developments in the burgeoning field of comparative philosophy, distinguished professor, editor, and author Ames (Univ. of Hawai'i at Manoa) advances the substantial achievements of his long career as scholar of Chinese philosophy, drawing newly refined distinctions within the field of chinese role ethics...Ames employes extraordinary care to preserve the text within the heart of its own cultural milieu."—Choice (49:5, January 2012)

"An insightful book, such as this one is, can be thought of as shining a light on some aspects of human life This effect enables us to notice and see more clearly things that we otherwise might hardly have paid attention to... All of what Roger Ames brings out is important and valuable." —Joel Kupperman, China Review International

Author: Ames, Roger T.;
Roger T. Ames is professor of philosophy at the University of Hawai‘i.



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