Abstract

Abstract:

This article reconstructs grounds for Mengzi's view that moral self-cultivation, or the process of "nourishing the heart" (yangxin 養心), depends largely on minimizing the desires of the senses. I argue that these desires are detrimental for the growth of the heart in two different ways: directly, by distorting or desensitizing the heart's moral perception, and indirectly, by depriving it of its nutrients, that is, of the exercise of moral actions.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 393-413
Launched on MUSE
2021-03-25
Open Access
No
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