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Ethics in Early ChinaAn Anthology$
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Chris Fraser, Dan Robins, and Timothy O'Leary

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028931

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028931.001.0001

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Moral Tradition Respect

Moral Tradition Respect

(p.161) 8 Moral Tradition Respect
Ethics in Early China

Philip J. Ivanhoe

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter considers the meaning of Moral Tradition Respect (MTR) and uses these possibilities to illuminate the nature and function of Hansen's distinctive account. A first understanding of MTR is called the traditions as persons interpretation. A second and related understanding of MTR most closely resembles Kant's views about aesthetic judgments. Kant famously argued that the beautiful is a symbol of the moral, by which he meant, among other things, that the former shares certain features with the latter and engages some of the same human capacities and responses. This understanding of MTR is known as the traditions as art interpretation. A third possibility is to understand MTR as a judgment concerning the moral value of other traditions and perhaps indirectly their value as a goad or guide to help one understand more about what is good. This understanding of MTR is called the traditions as values interpretation.

Keywords:   Moral Tradition Respect, Kant, traditions, persons, interpretation, art, values

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