Abstract

Two kinds of desire are distinguished in Mencius. One is a kind of blind force issued from sensory organs; another comes from our heart-mind and is related to our value structure as it intrinsically embodies a normative judgment about the object of desire. It is explained here how the latter type of desire plays a significant role in moral guidance and constitutes our moral agency.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 1168-1195
Launched on MUSE
2016-10-13
Open Access
No
Archive Status
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