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Confucius, Rawls, and the Sense of Justice$
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Erin Cline

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823245086

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823245086.001.0001

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The Sense of Justice in the Analects

The Sense of Justice in the Analects

(p.119) Chapter 3 The Sense of Justice in the Analects
Confucius, Rawls, and the Sense of Justice

Erin M. Cline

Fordham University Press

Chapter 3 describes and analyzes Kongzi's (Confucius’) view of a sense of justice as it is seen in the Analects, including its relationship to the Confucian virtues, its connection to the account of social justice in the text, and the issue of the absence of a term for justice in the text. It argues that in the Analects, members of society, like members of a family, are expected to have a deep and particular concern for the well-being of other members. It goes on to present evidence that the capacity for a sense of justice is considered important in the text, something that is seen in a variety discussions, themes and ideas. Finally, it anticipates and responds to some potential objections, including apparent counter-examples to the view that a sense of justice is an important part of the Analects.

Keywords:   Analects, Confucian, Confucius, Kongzi, Justice, sense of justice

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