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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 (4) : 517-532     DOI: 10.1007/s11466-007-0033-z
A weakness in Confucianism: Private and public moralities
CUI Dahua
Institute of Philosophy, Henan Academy of Social Sciences, Zhengzhou 450002, China;
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Abstract  In a society dominated by Confucian ethics, a spirit of Confucian public morality can be seen in the Confucian debate over publicness and privateness, but it is usually activated in circumstances of large ethical crisis. Confucian theory mainly uses ethical relationships to create self and social identities, causing problems of identification in the public life and hindering the expression of moral feelings and actions, thus revealing a weakness in public morality. This is a space that Confucianism has not yet been able to cover, and also where it has room for growth.
Issue Date: 05 December 2007
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