Abstract

Different from the commonly used moralistic perspective, this essay articulates and evaluates major ideas about human desire within the Confucian tradition through a gongfu perspective and shows that although there are historical reasons for blaming Confucianism for suppressing human desires and suffocating humanity, what classic Confucianism advocates is ultimately about how to cultivate humanity, transform human desires, and live artistically, and not about how to impose a rigid normative moral system externally to constrain human life, making it unsatisfying.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 340-359
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-14
Open Access
No
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