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  1. Why observing li is not the instrument to attain ren: on the relationship between ren and li in the Analects.Jian Zhang - forthcoming - Philosophy East and West.
    Many scholars generally believe that Confucius thinks the observance of li is instrumental to attaining ren. In this paper, I argue that observing li is not the instrument to attain ren in the Analects. If we endorse the instrumentalist’s interpretation of li for attaining ren, four contradictions would be followed in the Analects. Besides, there is no clear and solid textual evidence for the instrumentalist’s interpretation of li. By reinterpreting passage 12.1, where Confucius said, “ke ji fu li wei ren (...)
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  • The Taciturn Exemplar.Nai-Yi Hsu - 2022 - Journal of Religious Ethics 50 (1):60-83.
    Journal of Religious Ethics, Volume 50, Issue 1, Page 60-83, March 2022.
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  • Did Confucius advise Zai Wo to do what he believed to be morally wrong? Interpreting Analects 17.21.Mathew A. Foust - 2021 - Asian Philosophy 31 (3):229-239.
    ABSTRACT It has recently been argued that in Analects 17.21, Confucius advises a disciple to do something that he, Confucius, believes to be morally wrong. According to Frederick Choo, despite believing that it is morally wrong to not properly observe the three-year mourning ritual for a deceased parent, Confucius tells Zai Wo that he should do so. Choo offers two justifications for Confucius’s doing this. In this essay, I argue that the justifications Choo offers for Confucius’s advising Zai Wo to (...)
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