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Mastery, Dependence, and the Ethics of Authority

Aaron Stalnaker


This book is an analysis of expertise and authority, and examines classical Confucian conceptions of mastery, dependence, and human relationships in order to suggest new approaches to these issues in ethics and political theory. Contemporary Westerners are heirs to multiple traditions that are suspicious of authority, especially coercive political authority. We are also increasingly wary of dependence, which now often seems to signify weakness, neediness, and unworthiness. Analysts commonly presume that both authority and dependence threaten human autonomy, and are thus intrinsically problemat ... More

Keywords: Book Confucianism, authority, dependence, autonomy, expertise, virtue, skill, ethics, political theory, human relationships

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190052300
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190052300.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Stalnaker, author
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University