Anticipating Global Justice: Confucianism and Mohism in Classical China

In Jun-Hyeok Kwak & Hugo El-Kholi (eds.), Global Justice in East Asia. Routledge (2019)
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Abstract

This paper argues that debates between the Confucians and Mohists in Classical China anticipate contemporary discussions in political philosophy. Specifically, their debates about our responsibilities to other people are akin to debates between Rawlsans, Cosmopolitans, and Utilitarians about the content of our political obligations to other people, and about the proper scope of application of norms of justice.

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George Tsai
University of Hawaii

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