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Title: Confucius's village worthies : hypocrites as thieves of virtue
Authors: Sung, Winnie
Keywords: Humanities::Philosophy
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Source: Sung, W. (2020). Confucius's village worthies : hypocrites as thieves of virtue. Alston, C., Carpenter, A. & Wiseman. Rachael (Eds.), Portraits of Integrity: 26 Case Studies from History, Literature and Philosophy Bloomsbury Academic.
Abstract: “Village worthies”, says Confucius (c. 551-479 BCE), “are the thieves of virtue” (Analects 17.13). Village worthies are those who are popular and respected in their villages as virtuous, conscientious, truthful, and incorruptible in their conduct. Confucius particularly detests the village worthies for outwardly acting in ways that people commonly regard as moral but inwardly lacking the relevant virtuous character that substantiates their behaviours. But why detest them so much as to call them the thieves of virtue? Although it is not ideal that one does not have a virtuous character, it is at least better for one to perform virtuous acts than to perform vicious acts – or so the thought goes.
ISBN: 978-1-35-004037-3
Rights: © 2020 Charlotte Alston, Amber D. Carpenter, Rachael Wiseman and Contributors, published by Bloomsbury Academic. All rights reserved.
Fulltext Permission: open
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