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Sagehood: The Contemporary Significance of Neo-Confucian Philosophy

Stephen C. Angle


This book explores what happens when we take Neo-Confucianism and its ideal of sagehood seriously as contemporary philosophy. It develops an interpretation of the Neo-Confucian tradition that, while historically grounded in detailed readings of Zhu Xi, Wang Yangming, and others, is open to further development and critique; and also reflects on ways that Neo-Confucian perspectives challenge or enhance issues of concern to contemporary Western philosophers like Martha Nussbaum, Michael Slote, Iris Murdoch, Lawrence Blum, Christine Swanton, and others involved in the revival of virtue ethics. The ... More

Keywords: Neo-Confucianism, sagehood, virtue ethics, moral psychology, moral perception, moral dilemmas, Zhu Xi, Wang Yangming, perfection, harmony, coherence/principle (li), moral education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195385144
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385144.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen C. Angle, author
Wesleyan University
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