Does Confucian ethics integrate care ethics and justice ethics? : the case of Mencius
Date of Issue2008
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
In recent years, scholars of Confucian ethics have debated on important issues such as whether Confucian ethics embraces, or should embrace, universal values and impartiality. Some have argued that Confucian ethics integrates both care and justice, and that Confucian ethics is both particularistic and universalistic. In this essay, I will defend a view of the relation between care and justice and the relation between care ethics and justice ethics on the basis of the notion of ‘configuration of values,’ and show why care ethics and justice ethics cannot be integrated. I will support this view by a reading of some pertinent passages in the Mencius.
Asian philosophy: an international journal of the philosophical traditions of the East.
© 2008 Taylor & Francis. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Asian Philosophy, Taylor & Francis. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09552360701880545]