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The Emotions in Early Chinese Philosophy$
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Curie Virág

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190498818

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498818.001.0001

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Emotions and the Integrated Self in the Analects of Confucius

Emotions and the Integrated Self in the Analects of Confucius

(p.26) 1. Emotions and the Integrated Self in the Analects of Confucius
The Emotions in Early Chinese Philosophy

Curie Virág

Oxford University Press

The Analects of Confucius posits an ideal of the perfected individual (or junzi) as characterized not only by right action but also by right feeling. Such an ideal represented not only a new understanding of the attributes of the proper human being but also a new awareness of the human self as an arena for moral action. Confucius’s ethical theory of emotions allowed for a conception of self as a distinct space of moral action, characterized by depth, coherence, continuity, and integrity. Moreover, insofar as emotions were understood as rendering the inner person “transparent” to the outside world, as well as embodying a proper alignment with one’s situation, they represented an important source of knowledge about the world. Such ideas helped to establish a vision of the self as a locus of moral and epistemological authority.

Keywords:   analects, confucius, junzi, feeling, li/ritual, coherence, integrity

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