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Nature and Human Nature:A Comparative Study on the Thoughtsabout the Origin of Morality of Mencius and Chuang-tzu(PDF)

《南京师范大学学报(社会科学版)》[ISSN:1006-6977/CN:61-1281/TN]

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2017年06期
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17-
Research Field:
【哲学研究】
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Title:
Nature and Human Nature:A Comparative Study on the Thoughtsabout the Origin of Morality of Mencius and Chuang-tzu
Author(s):
CAO Xiao-hu
Keywords:
MenciusChuang-tzugenesis of moralitynature and human natureimmanent transcendence
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Abstract:
Both Mencius and Chuang-tzu admit that morality springs from nature. However,Mencius andChuang-tzu have different judgments about the relationship between nature and human nature,resulting in thefundamental differences between the ethics of Confucianism and Taoism. Mencius believes that social ethicsis also inherent in human nature. At the same time,he argues that human nature is superior to animal naturein moral attributes. Chuang-tzu holds that human moral behavior originates from nature,and that the so calledmorality evaluated from a social point of view is not real morality. Chuang-tzu does not admit that man issuperior to animals in moral attributes.

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