Psychological Argumentation in Confucian Ethics as a Methodological Issue in Cross-Cultural Philosophy

Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 15 (4):591-606 (2016)
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Abstract

Graham Priest claims that Asian philosophy is going to constitute one of the most important aspects in 21st-century philosophical research. Assuming that this statement is true, it leads to a methodological question whether the dominant comparative and contrastive approaches will be supplanted by a more unifying methodology that works across different philosophical traditions. In this article, I concentrate on the use of empirical evidence from nonphilosophical disciplines, which enjoys popularity among many Western philosophers, and examine the application of this approach to early Chinese philosophy. I specifically focus on Confucian ethics and the study of altruism in experimental psychology.

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Rafal Banka
Oxford University

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