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Is Confucianism Compatible with Care Ethics? A Critique

From: Philosophy East and West
Volume 53, Number 4, October 2003
pp. 471-489 | 10.1353/pew.2003.0039

Abstract

This essay critically examines a suggestion proposed by some Confucianists that Confucianism and Care Ethics share striking similarities and that feminism in Confucian societies might take "a new form of Confucianism." Aspects of Confucianism and Care Ethics that allegedly converge are examined, including the emphasis on human relationships, and it is argued that while these two perspectives share certain surface similarities, moral injunctions entailed by their respective ideals of ren and caring are not merely distinctive but in fact incompatible.