Abstract

It is argued here that Mou Zongsan, the representative thinker of contemporary Neo-Confucianism, is committed to act-deontology instead of rule-deontology. Accordingly, Mou maintains that one knows one’s duty in a concrete situation through “affectedly crossing-over” to others, which reveals the metaphysical unity of the world. Mou’s idea of intellectual intuition can be explained against the background of this metaphysical monism. Further, some critical observations are made based on a reconstruction of Mou’s philosophy with a focus, first, on how normatively relevant his philosophy is, and second, on whether his metaphysical grounding of morality is successful.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 542-566
Launched on MUSE
2015-06-25
Open Access
No
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