Department of Religion and Philosophy
Beyond moral and religious conventionalities: Comparative metaethical and ethical reflections on Zhang Zai (1020-1077) and Paul Tillich (1886-1965)
After introducing the unusual situations that shaped the lives of Zhang Zai and Paul Tillich, we present details from two major writings of these seminal figures: Zhang's Western Inscription and Tillich's sermon, “The Depth of Existence.” In this process we present new English renderings of selected passages of Zhang's influential essay, and illustrate how Tillich's essay manifests onto-hermeneutic claims related to change and transformation that have not always been highlighted in his work. As a consequence, we reveal how both men's writings provoke some unusual metaethical and ethical reflections, while also sharing important values and standards revealed through this comparative study.
Source Publication Title
Journal of Chinese Philosophy
© 2016 Journal of Chinese Philosophy
Hong Kong Baptist University's Research Committee provided funding for a major grant which promoted this interdisciplinary research under the title “Interdisciplinary Studies of Modern and Contemporary Sinologists’ Classical Translations and Chinese Works” (IRMC/11-12/01-REL).
Link to Publisher's Edition
Pfister, L. (2014). Beyond moral and religious conventionalities: Comparative metaethical and ethical reflections on Zhang Zai (1020-1077) and Paul Tillich (1886-1965). Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 41 (S1), 632-650. https://doi.org/10.1111/1540-6253.12148