Abstract

Abstract:

This article analyzes the psychological conditions of bu ren 不忍 in Menicus' thought. I identify four necessary psychological conditions of one who experiences bu ren: (1) she adopts an unmediated perspective, (2) she adopts an involved stance, (3) she identifi es the victim as a particular, and (4) she does not want the victim to be harmed. The proposed interpretation highlights the relation-regarding nature of bu ren and suggests that, for Mencius, we naturally see ourselves as involved in the circumstances of harm that others are in.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 1098-1119
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-07
Open Access
No
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