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Oneness: East Asian Conceptions of Virtue, Happiness, and How We Are All Connected

Philip J. Ivanhoe


At the core of this work lie the oneness hypothesis, which is not a single theory but a family of views found in different forms in a wide variety of disciplines, and its implications for theories of virtue and human happiness. The oneness hypothesis concerns the nature of the world, but it entails a view about the nature of the self and its relationship to other people, creatures, and things. Its core assertion is that we are inextricably intertwined with other people, creatures, and things. The connections the oneness hypothesis advocates are specifically those that conduce to the health, be ... More

Keywords: oneness, self, self-centeredness, spontaneity, virtue, happiness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190840518
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190840518.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip J. Ivanhoe, author
Chair, Professor of East Asian and Comparative Philosophy and Religion, and director of the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP), City University of Hong Kong