Heaven as a source for ethical warrant in early confucianism

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-220
Journal / PublicationDao
Volume6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007

Abstract

Contrary to what several prominent scholars contend, a number of important early Confucians ground their ethical claims by appealing to the authority of tian, Heaven, insisting that Heaven endows human beings with a distinctive ethical nature and at times acts in the world. This essay describes the nature of such appeals in two early Confucian texts: the Lunyu (Analects) and Mengzi (Mencius). It locates this account within a larger narrative that begins with some of the earliest conceptions of a supreme deity in China. The essay concludes by noting some similarities and differences between these early Confucian accounts and more familiar views commonly shared by monotheists. © 2007 Springer Science + Business Media B.V.

Research Area(s)

  • Confucianism, Heaven, Kongzi, Mengzi, Morality

Citation Format(s)

Heaven as a source for ethical warrant in early confucianism. / Ivanhoe, Philip J.
In: Dao, Vol. 6, No. 3, 09.2007, p. 211-220.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review