Confucian Moral Cultivation, Longevity, and Public Policy
- Li Chenyang
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By investigating the link between the Confucian ideal of longevity and moral cultivation, I argue that Confucian moral cultivation is founded on the ideal of harmony, and, in this connection, it promotes a holistic, healthy life, of which longevity is an important component. My argument is internal to Confucianism, in the sense that it aims to show these concepts are coherently constructed within the Confucian philosophical framework; I do not go beyond the Confucian framework to prove its validity. Finally, I show that if these Confucian beliefs are true, they have serious implications for public policy-making in contemporary societies.
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- Confucian Moral Cultivation, Longevity, and Public Policy
Volume 9, Issue 1 , pp 25-36
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- Moral cultivation
- Holistic life
- Public health policy
- Li Chenyang (1)
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- 1. Department of Philosophy, Central Washington University, 400 E University Way, Ellensburg, WA, 98926, USA