9. Family Values: Confucian Role Ethics

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Confucianism puts relationships with family members at the core of their ethical thinking. Is this a strength or a weakness?



Further Reading

• H. Rosemont Jr and R.T. Ames (trans.), The Chinese Classic of Family Reverence: A Philosophical Translation of the Xiaojing 孝經 (Honolulu: 2009).


• R.T. Ames, Human Becomings: Theorizing Persons for Confucian Role Ethics (Albany: 2021).

• N. Dixon, “The Friendship Model of Filial Obligations,” Journal of Applied Philosophy 12 (1995), 77-87.

• K.M. Higgins, “Loyalty from a Confucian Perspective,” Nomos 43 (2013), 22-38.

• D. Holzman, “The Place of Filial Piety in Ancient China,” Journal of the American Oriental Society 118 (1998), 185-99.

• K.-K. Hwang, “Filial Piety and Loyalty: Two Types of Social Identification in Confucianism,” Asian Journal of Social Psychology 2 (1999), 163-83.

• P.J. Ivanhoe, “Filial Piety as a Virtue,” in R.L. Walker and P.J. Ivanhoe (eds), Working Virtue: Virtue Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems (Oxford: 2007),  297-312.

• X. Lu, “Rethinking Confucian Friendship,” Asian Philosophy 20 (2010), 225-45.

• H. Rosemont Jr and R.T. Ames, Confucian Role Ethics: a Moral Vision for the 21st Century? (Taipei: 2016).

• C. Wee, “Xin, Trust, and Confucius’ Ethics,” Philosophy East and West  61 (2011), 516-33.


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