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Confucian Virtues.pdf

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PHL 302
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Stephen Phillips

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Confucian theory of virtue
A. Virtues toward others
1. Faithful, trustworthy: 1:4, 1:8
2. Virtues of
ren
: serious, generous, sincere, diligent, and kind
3. Reciprocity (altruism, likening-to-others: the Silver Rule): What you
do not want done to yourself, do not do to others: 12:2, 15:23
4. Repay kindness with kindness, injury with justice: 14:36.
B. Virtues toward family, friends
1. Filial piety: obedience, reverence, service to parents and elders
2. Fraternal submission: service, truthworthiness to equals
3. These obligations override others: 13:18
4. These virtues are the root of
ren
: 1:2.
C. Virtues of Self
(Knowledge--> Virtuous thought --> Virtuous feelings --> Virtuous
action)
1. Knowledge
a. love learning
b. know "way" (
tao
): 1,2, 11.12 ("Try to understand life, not
death.")
2. Thought
a. sincere
b. humble
3. Feeling (love virtue: love way, delight in way)
4. Action

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Confucian theory of virtue A. Virtues toward others 1. Faithful, trustworthy: 1:4, 1:8 2. Virtues of ren: serious, generous, sincere, diligent, and kind 3. Reciprocity (altruism, likening-to-others: the Silver Rule): What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others: 12:2, 15:23 4. Repay kindness with kindness, injury with justice: 14:36. B. Virtues toward family, friends 1. Filial piety: obedience, reverence, service to parents and elders 2. Fraternal submission: service, truthworthiness to equals 3. These obligations override others: 13:18 4. These virtues are the root of ren: 1:2. C. Virtues of Self (Knowledge--> Virtuous thought --> Virtuous feelings --> Virtuous action) 1. Knowledge a. love learning b. know "way" (tao): 1,2, 11.12 ("Try to understand life, not death.") 2. Thought a. sincere b. humble 3. Feeling (love virtue: love way, delight in way) 4. Action a. careful, slow in speech b. mild, at ease, composed, warm, satisfied c. earnest, respectful, dignified, majestic d. no
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