Moral Thought in the Field of Man



Confucianists involuntarily have a moral vision in knowing man when they have a moral summary and understanding of the practice of social ethics. Human nature and essence constitute the sum total of the current social relations, but in the Confucian moral thinking, what makes a person human lies in the goodness of human relations. Although in terms of the original human nature, Confucianists hold different opinions, arguing that human nature is evil, good, or neither evil nor good, in terms of sociality, they generally agree that human beings are different from animals in that they have social moral requirements such as human ethics and righteousness. And when Confucianists define human essence (the fundamental of human being) as having moral etiquette and righteousness, in fact, they have consciously or unconsciously moralized human nature.


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