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Document Details :
Title: De heer en het beest
Subtitle: De eerbare mens volgens Mencius
Author(s): VAN ELS, Paul
Journal: Tijdschrift voor Filosofie
Volume: 82 Issue: 2 Date: 2020
Anecdotes play an important role in ancient Chinese philosophical writings. This essay offers a close reading of one anecdote in the Mencius, one of the most influential Confucian texts. This reading provides insight into what it means, according to Mencius, to be a morally superior human being. The goal of this essay is to provide insight into the ethical and political philosophy of Mencius and, more broadly, to provide a guideline for reading Chinese philosophical writings in an attentive and receptive manner.