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Title: Moral obligation and moral motivation in confucian role-based ethics
Authors: Nuyen, A.T. 
Keywords: Externalism
Internalism
Moral motivation
Role-based ethics
Issue Date: Mar-2009
Citation: Nuyen, A.T. (2009-03). Moral obligation and moral motivation in confucian role-based ethics. Dao 8 (1) : 1-11. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: How is the Confucian moral agent motivated to do what he or she judges to be right or good? In western philosophy, the answer to a question such as this depends on whether one is an internalist or externalist concerning moral motivation. In this article, I will first interpret Confucian ethics as role-based ethics and then argue that we can attribute to Confucianism a position on moral motivation that is neither internalist nor externalist but somewhere in between. I will then illustrate my claim with my reading of Mencius 6A4, showing that it is superior to readings found in the literature, which typically assume that Mencius is an internalist. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Source Title: Dao
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/130833
ISSN: 15403009
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