Abstract

Whether role-ethics interpretations of early Confucianism possess the resources to identify and redress gender inequality and oppression is examined here. Argued for is a conception of Confucian autonomy, grounded in Mengzi’s remarks about zhi 智 (wisdom), that is a substantive account of autonomy competency: substantive because renyi 仁義 guide junzi 君子 in determining right and wrong; a competency because it emphasizes a repertoire of skills and capabilities that include duan reactions, reflection, extension, and selfrealization through renyi. Finally, it is explained how zhi autonomy helps the role ethicist address gender oppression.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 903-922
Launched on MUSE
2016-07-25
Open Access
No
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