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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

ISSN 1673-3436

ISSN 1673-355X(Online)

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Front. Philos. China    2007, Vol. 2 Issue (3) : 345-362     DOI: 10.1007/s11466-007-0022-2
Mou Zongsan’s view of interpreting Confucianism by “moral autonomy”
GUO Qiyong
School of Philosophy, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
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Abstract  Mou Zongsan uses the highest moral principle autonomy  to interpret Confucius  benevolence and Mencius  inherent benevolence and righteousness , focuses on the self-rule of the will. It does not do any harm to Mencius  learning, on the contrary, it is conducive to the communication between Chinese and Western philosophies. If we stick to Kant s moral self autonomy and apply it to interpreting Zhu Xi s moral theory, similarly we will discover the implications of Zhu Xi s autonomy  in his moral learning. Therefore, it is inappropriate for Mou Zongsan to say that Zhu Xi s ethics belongs to the autonomous one.
Issue Date: 05 September 2007
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