, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 21–37

Special Topic: Filial Piety: The Root of Morality or the Source of Corruption?

Is Confucian Ethics a “Consanguinism”?

DOI: 10.1007/s11712-007-9001-5

Cite this article as:
Qiyong, G. Dao (2007) 6: 21. doi:10.1007/s11712-007-9001-5


In recent years, Liu Qingping 劉清平 has published a series of articles criticizing Confucian ethics in its modern context (see various articles by Liu), which has drawn the attention of many scholars. My friends and I have debated with him and his allies on this issue (See Guo 2002, Yang Haiwen 2002, Yang Zebo 2003, 2004a, 2004b, Ding 2003, 2005a, 2005b, Gong 2004, Guo and Gong 2004, and Wen 2005). Most of the important articles in the debate are now collected in a volume I edited, A Collection of Contentions about Confucian Ethics: Focusing on the Mutual Concealment among Family Members (Guo 2005 [ed.]). In the following, I attempt to respond to some of Liu’s criticisms of Confucian ethics.


Confucian ethics Consanguinism Mencius Analects 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wuhan UniversityWuhanChina

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