Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Religion and Philosophy

Language

English

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 Date

2013

Source Publication Title

Journal of Chinese Philosophy

Volume

40

Issue

1

Start Page

50

End Page

66

Publisher

Wiley

Peer Reviewed

1

DOI

10.1111/1540-6253.12011

Link to Publisher's Edition

https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1540-6253.12011

ISSN (print)

15406253

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