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2005

Philosophy

Confucius

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Sagely Ease And Moral Perception, Stephen C. Angle Dec 2004

Sagely Ease And Moral Perception, Stephen C. Angle

Stephen C. Angle

In what is probably the most famous description of a sage in all of Chinese philosophy, the Analects tells us that when Confucius reached the age of seventy, he was able to “follow his heart’s desire without overstepping the bounds” (Analects 2.4). It seems that Confucius came to be able to act properly without even trying. Now one might well suspect that at least some of the time, acting properly is easy for most of us. When not faced with a difficult choice or temptation, perhaps we get along fine. The Analects is nonetheless making a very strong ...


Sagely Ease And Moral Perception, Stephen C. Angle Dec 2004

Sagely Ease And Moral Perception, Stephen C. Angle

Stephen C. Angle

In what is probably the most famous description of a sage in all of Chinese philosophy, the Analects tells us that when Confucius reached the age of seventy, he was able to “follow his heart’s desire without overstepping the bounds” (Analects 2.4). It seems that Confucius came to be able to act properly without even trying. Now one might well suspect that at least some of the time, acting properly is easy for most of us. When not faced with a difficult choice or temptation, perhaps we get along fine. The Analects is nonetheless making a very strong ...