Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Religion and Philosophy

Abstract

In the Mengzi there is a hypothetical situation relating how the ancient sage king Shun 舜 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 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.

Publication Year

2013

Journal Title

Journal of Chinese Philosophy

Volume number

40

Issue number

1

Publisher

Wiley

First Page (page number)

50

Last Page (page number)

66

Referreed

1

DOI

10.1111/1540-6253.12011

ISSN (print)

1540-6253

Link to Publisher’s Edition

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.lib-ezproxy.hkbu.edu.hk/doi/10.1111/1540-6253.12011/abstract

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