Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Religion and Philosophy

Language

English

Abstract

In this article I explore the ethical quandaries associated with an unusual online practice in the contemporary People’s Republic of China: Renrou Sousu人肉·搜索or “Human Flesh Search [Engines]”. This kind of practice is illegal in most other modern countries, but not in the PRC. I explain in part why some Chinese persons would be attracted to get involved in this form of on-and-off-line vigilantism from one Chinese classical source, but then delve into contemporary studies of this practice within overseas studies by computer scientists that do not explore the ethical quandaries that result from this practice. Paralleling this early 21st century experience with one in Denmark in the 1840s and experience by Soren Kierkegaard, I argue that some of the very notable influences include online panic attacks and some Chinese youth fearing to go online because they might be stalked by “human flesh search” vigilantis.

Keywords

internet ethics, Human Flesh Search [Engine]/ renrou sousuo, Zhongyong / The Practice of the Mean, Soren Kierkegaard, cultural anxiety

Publication Date

2017

Source Publication Title

Modernos & Contemporâneos (International Journal of Philosophy)

Edition

Dossiê Leibniz e a China

Volume

1

Issue

1

Start Page

127

End Page

144

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 License.

Link to Publisher's Edition

https://www.ifch.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/modernoscontemporaneos/article/view/3047

ISSN (electronic)

25951211

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Religion Commons

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