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Agency and freedom express fundamental experiences that we have as humans in our conscious deeds and varied pursuits. The absence of terminological equivalents in pre-modern Chinese makes it challenging to explain Confucian views on these. I attempt to explain agency and freedom in Confucianism following a metaphor from its primary sources: the archer. A paradigm for moral agent, the metaphor discloses Confucian perspectives on purposeful activity and self-determination.


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