restricted access Is the Empathy-Induced Motivation to Help Egoistic or Altruistic: Insights from the Neo-Confucian Cheng Hao


It is argued here that the conceptions of empathy and oneness involved in Cheng Hao's famous notions of benevolence (ren 仁) and "ten thousand things in one body" (wanwu yiti 萬物一體) can provide unique insights to the debate on whether empathy-induced motivation to help is altruistic, egoistic, or neither.