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That All May FlourishComparative Religious Environmental Ethics$
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Laura Hartman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190456023

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190456023.001.0001

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Developing a Mengzian Environmental Ethic

Developing a Mengzian Environmental Ethic

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(p.258) (p.259) 16 Developing a Mengzian Environmental Ethic
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That All May Flourish
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Cheryl Cottine

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190456023.003.0017

The chapter creates the framework for a Mengzian environmental ethic by reference to respect and restraint, relying primarily on ancient Confucian texts. These qualities underpin a “tempered anthropocentrism” because a synthesis of role-based virtue and sensitivity to larger ecological forces may, when synthesized, be key to human and earth flourishing. And two competing Confucian and ecology schools might find reconciliation in a shift in focus to some of the earliest Confucian texts—particularly the Mengzi, one of the most important and influential Confucian texts next to Confucius’s Analects—and, in the process, find richer intellectual resources to help address the numerous environmental issues that China faces today.

Keywords:   Confucianism and ecology, environmental ethics, Mengzi, anthropocentrism, virtue ethics, Cheryl Cottine

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