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In: Journal of Chinese Philosophy

In the Mengzi there is a hypothetical situation relating how the ancient sage-king Shun would respond if his father had committed murder. This has recently become a source of debate among Chinese philosophers. Here we will apply arguments made by Johannes de silentio (Kierkegaard’s pseudonym) about the “teleological suspension of the ethical” related to the action of the biblical Abraham, and link them up to alternative interpretations of the actions of Shun. This challenges the current and traditional interpretations of his actions, suggesting how this new approach can overcome ethical quandaries related to the Mengzian account of Shun’s behavior.

In: Journal of Chinese Philosophy
In: Journal of Chinese Philosophy
In: Journal of Chinese Philosophy

After introducing the unusual situations that shaped the lives of Zhang Zai and Paul Tillich, we present details from two major writings of these seminal figures: Zhang’s Western Inscription and Tillich’s sermon, “The Depth of Existence.” In this process we present new English renderings of selected passages of Zhang’s influential essay, and illustrate how Tillich’s essay manifests onto-hermeneutic claims related to change and transformation that have not always been highlighted in his work. As a consequence, we reveal how both men’s writings provoke some unusual metaethical and ethical reflections, while also sharing important values and standards revealed through this comparative study.

In: Journal of Chinese Philosophy