Sublating reverence to parents: A Kierkegaardian interpretation of the Sage-King Shun's piety

Lauren F PFISTER*

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Abstract

In the Mengzi there is a hypothetical situation relating how the ancient sage-king Shun è̂œ would respond if his father had committed murder. This has recently become a source of debate among Chinese philosophers. Here we will apply arguments made by Johannes de silentio (Kierkegaard's pseudonym) about the "teleological suspension of the ethical" related to the action of the biblical Abraham, and link them up to alternative interpretations of the actions of Shun. This challenges the current and traditional interpretations of his actions, suggesting how this new approach can overcome ethical quandaries related to the Mengzian account of Shun's behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-66
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Chinese Philosophy
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

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