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The Confucian relational concept of the person and its modern predicament.
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PMID:  11657915     Owner:  KIE     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Confucian relational concept of the person has been proposed as an epistemically more cogent and ethically more attractive alternative to that of liberal individualism. Two arguments are raised against this proposal without defending liberal individualism. Ethically, Confucianism is vitiated by certain unattractive features that cannot be removed without reducing the Confucian relational concept of the person to an abstract and not very helpful notion of human relatedness. Epistemically, Confucianism commits the essentialist fallacy of treating its own concept of human relations as reflecting the nature of things. In view of these limitations, the Confucian relational concept of the person does not provide a viable framework for dealing with social issues including bioethics.
Jiwei Ci
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Kennedy Institute of Ethics journal     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1054-6863     ISO Abbreviation:  Kennedy Inst Ethics J     Publication Date:  1999 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-07-26     Completed Date:  2000-07-26     Revised Date:  2014-03-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9109135     Medline TA:  Kennedy Inst Ethics J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  325-46     Citation Subset:  E    
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MeSH Terms
Family Relations
Interpersonal Relations*
Moral Obligations
Personal Autonomy
Religious Philosophies*
Social Dominance
Social Responsibility
Social Values
Social Welfare

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