Abstract

The most significant contemporary controversy surrounding the thought of Mozi is the debate over his ultimate criterion of right action—whether he should be interpreted as a divine-will theorist or as a utilitarian. It is possible, at least on the surface, to interpret him either way. I consider arguments designed to break this hermeneutical stalemate and argue that the divine-will interpretation comes out ahead. I conclude by responding to an argument by Xiufen Lu that the debate is misguided.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 347-364
Launched on MUSE
2011-04-27
Open Access
No
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