Hagen, Kurtis G.
July 2016
Philosophy East & West;2016, Vol. 66 Issue 3, p818
Academic Journal
The article argues that Confucians opposed offensive wars, including those supposedly waged for humanitarian causes. It states that even though they found no fault in the military expeditions of the great kings of the distant semi-mythical past, they counseled against actual war making. It opines that they typically did this by providing comparisons with idealized stories, because they judged that it would not be rhetorically effective to offer a rigidly dogmatic rejection of the use of force.


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