During this ebook, Bryan W. Van Norden examines early Confucianism as a sort of advantage ethics and Mohism, an anti-Confucian stream, as a model of consequentialism. The philosophical method is analytic, in that the emphasis is on transparent exegesis of the texts and a severe exam of the philosophical arguments proposed by means of both sides. Van Norden exhibits that Confucianism, whereas just like Aristotelianism in being a kind of advantage ethics, bargains assorted conceptions of “the sturdy life,” the virtues, human nature, and moral cultivation.

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