Universality and Argument in Mencius IIA6

King, Richard (2011). Universality and Argument in Mencius IIA6. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 111(2), pp. 275-293. Oxford University Press 10.1111/j.1467-9264.2011.00309.x

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In Menciusiia6 all humans are said to have ‘a heart that does not bear the suffering of others’. I argue that this statement is illustrated, rather than proven, by the example of our reaction to a child about to fall into a well. This illustration can be located at the most basic level of ethical universals (it is a universal example): basic ethical training; further steps in a ladder of reflection are universal reflection on ethical norms themselves, which may finally be related universally to non-ethical concerns.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy

UniBE Contributor:

King, Richard

Subjects:

100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy

ISSN:

0066-7374

Publisher:

Oxford University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Richard King

Date Deposited:

28 Nov 2016 08:22

Last Modified:

28 Nov 2016 08:22

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/j.1467-9264.2011.00309.x

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.89909

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/89909

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