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The Emotions in Early Chinese Philosophy

Curie Virág


In China, the debate over the ethical status of emotions began around the fourth century BCE, when early philosophers began to invoke psychological categories such as the mind (xin), human nature (xing), and emotions (qing) to explain the sources of moral authority and the foundations of knowledge about the world. Although some thinkers during this period proposed that human emotions and desires were temporary physiological disturbances in the mind caused by the impact of things in the world, the account that would become authoritative would be the idea, articulated by the mainstream thinkers ... More

Keywords: emotions, self, cosmos, mind, human nature, knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190498818
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Curie Virág, author
Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto