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Confucius, Rawls, and the Sense of Justice

Erin Cline


This work examines and compares the role of a sense of justice in the ethical and political thought of Confucius (Kongzi) and John Rawls, and presents an argument concerning why comparative studies are worthwhile. Several scholars of Confucianism have suggested that there are such stark differences between the structure and content of the work of modern liberal philosophers like Rawls and the work of classical Confucian philosophers that it is reasonable to doubt that there is any value in trying to compare them. Against these claims, this book argues that the central concerns of the Analects ... More

Keywords: Justice, Sense of justice, Confucius, Kongzi, Confucianism, Rawls, Moral psychology, Political philosophy, Comparative philosophy, Comparative ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823245086
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823245086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erin Cline, author
Georgetown University