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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

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Front. Philos. China    2015, Vol. 10 Issue (4) : 533-546    https://doi.org/10.3868/s030-004-015-0044-9
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Harmony and Justice
ZHANG Liwen()
Institute of Confucian Studies, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China
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Abstract

The reason why justice and harmony are the most-prized values and the highest aims of human beings is that these qualities are the foundation which makes possible the realization of all other positive goals. Interpersonal conflicts and conflicts between individuals and the society lead to social, cultural, and moral crises. Confucian culture argues that moral reason is only possessed by human beings, and that this is what can make human existence harmonious and rational. Harmony creates power, and power can defeat impediments. As a result, physical qualities are humanized, and moral qualities increase. Goodness promotes the establishment of mutually beneficial systems and procedural justice in a society. Therefore, Chinese traditional culture provides a method for resolving contemporary social conflicts and crises, including accumulating goodness to increase virtue, constructing social integrity and harmonious righteousness, and the building up of a just society.

Keywords harmony      moral reasons      framework of mutual beneficial system      justice      interest groups     
Issue Date: 26 January 2016
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ZHANG Liwen. Harmony and Justice[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2015, 10(4): 533-546.
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http://academic.hep.com.cn/fpc/EN/10.3868/s030-004-015-0044-9
http://academic.hep.com.cn/fpc/EN/Y2015/V10/I4/533
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