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Mozi's Moral Theory: Breaking the Hermeneutical Stalemate

Mozi's Moral Theory: Breaking the Hermeneutical Stalemate Abstract: The most significant contemporary controversy surrounding the thought of Mozi is the debate over his ultimate criterion of right action—whether he should be interpreted as a divine-will theorist or as a utilitarian. It is possible, at least on the surface, to interpret him either way. I consider arguments designed to break this hermeneutical stalemate and argue that the divine-will interpretation comes out ahead. I conclude by responding to an argument by Xiufen Lu that the debate is misguided. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Mozi's Moral Theory: Breaking the Hermeneutical Stalemate

Philosophy East and West , Volume 61 (2) – Apr 27, 2011

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Abstract: The most significant contemporary controversy surrounding the thought of Mozi is the debate over his ultimate criterion of right action—whether he should be interpreted as a divine-will theorist or as a utilitarian. It is possible, at least on the surface, to interpret him either way. I consider arguments designed to break this hermeneutical stalemate and argue that the divine-will interpretation comes out ahead. I conclude by responding to an argument by Xiufen Lu that the debate is misguided.

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Philosophy East and WestUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Apr 27, 2011

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