TITLE

New insight into Mencius' theory of the original goodness in human nature

AUTHOR(S)
Zhang Pengwei; Guo Qiyong
PUB. DATE
March 2008
SOURCE
Frontiers of Philosophy in China;Mar2008, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p27
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article offers information about the new perspective on the theory of Mencius regarding the original goodness in human nature. In his theory, the origin of xing (nature) is fate, while the appearance of heart is nature. On the other hand, the two phases to nature and heart, ti (form) and yong (function). In ti, nature is liangzhi (goodness in conscience) and liangneng (inborn ability to be good) in human beings, and heart is the original heart and conscience of human. On the other hand, for yong, nature is comprised of benevolence, righteousness, propriety, and wisdom, while heart is in compassion, shame, respect, right and wrong. It is suggested that the theory of Mencius is a theory of original goodness.
ACCESSION #
31258676

 

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