The Confucian Conception of Persons
Confucianism, Fingarette, persons, role-bearing persons, Rosemont, Strawson.
One interpretation of classical Confucianism postulates a role-bearing theory of the person. This theory identifies a fundamental social nature manifest through human relations and ceremonial interactions as the central feature of persons. Against this role-bearing model, I argue that the theory is out of harmony with the Confucian texts and that it lacks philosophical plausibility. I offer the alternative interpretation that the Confucian view of the person is roughly compatible with the seminal theory of persons presented by P.F. Strawson.
Original Publication Citation
Mower, Gordy. “The Confucian Conception of Persons.” Appraisal 9.12 (2012): 29-32.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Mower, Gordon, "The Confucian Conception of Persons" (2012). Philosophy Faculty Publications. 4.
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