Berlin: De Gruyter
Chinese and Greek ethics remain influential in modern philosophy, yet it is unclear how they can be compared to one another. This volume, following its predecssor 'How should one live?' (DeGruyter 2011), is a contribution to comparative ethics, loosely centered on the concepts of life and the good life. Methods of comparing ethics are treated in three introductory chapters (R.A.H.King, Ralph Weber, G.E.R. Lloyd), followed by chapters on core issues in each of the traditions: human nature (David Wong, Guo Yi), ghosts (Paul Goldin), happiness (Christoph Harbsmeier), pleasure (Michael Nylan), qi (Elisabeth Hsu & Zhang Ruqing), cosmic life and individual life (Dennis Schilling), the concept of mind (William Charlton), knowledge and happiness (Jörg Hardy), filial piety (Richard Stalley), the soul (Hua-kuei Ho), anddeliberation (Thomas Buchheim). The volume closes with three essays in comparison - Mencius and the Stoics (R.A.H. King), equanimity (Lee Yearley), autonomy and the good life (Lisa Raphals). An index locorum each for Chinese and Greco-Roman authors, and a general index complete the volume.
Table of Contents:
Table of Contents
Models for living in ancient Greece and China
On Comparing Ancient Chinese and Greek Ethics: The tertium comparationis as Tool of Analysis and Evaluation
The Consciousness of the Dead as a Philosophical Problem in Ancient China
Goldin, Paul R.
The Ideas of Human Nature in Early China
Cosmic Life and Human Life in the “Book of Changes”
Good Fortune and Bliss in Early China
Bing-distress in the Zuo zhuan: the not-so-good-life, the social self and moral sentiment among persons of rank in Warring States China
Pleasures and Delights, Sustaining and Consuming
III. Greece and Rome
Is the Concept of the Mind Parochial?
Taking Thoughts about Life seriously
Filial Piety in Plato
The Good Life for Plato’s Tripartite Soul
Good counsel and the role of logos for human excellence
Hedonê in the Poets and Epicurus
Autonomy, Fate, Divination and the Good Life
Mencius and the Stoics – tui and oikeiôsis
The Role and Pursuit of the Virtue of Equanimity in Ancient China and Greece
Yearley, Lee H.
General index of subjects