On the “Virtue Turn” and the Problem of Categorizing Chinese Thought

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Abstract

A growing number of scholars have come to view Confucians and other Chinese thinkers as virtue ethicists. Other scholars, though, have challenged this classification. This essay discusses some of the problems that surround this debate, points out shortcomings in some of the criticisms that have been made, and offers suggestions about how best to develop a productive discussion about the issue.

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Hutton, E.L. On the “Virtue Turn” and the Problem of Categorizing Chinese Thought. Dao 14, 331–353 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11712-015-9445-y

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  • Confucianism
  • Virtue ethics