Resolute Agency in Confucian Role Ethics. Harroff, Joseph E.
dc.contributor.department Philosophy 2019-05-28T20:27:36Z 2019-05-28T20:27:36Z 2018-05
dc.title Resolute Agency in Confucian Role Ethics.
dc.type Thesis
dcterms.abstract This dissertation philosophically reconstructs a Si-Meng lineage (思孟學派) of Confucian role ethics and engages in intercultural explorations of non-foundational and resolute agency in ameliorating ethical and political discourse. A family-centric, focus-field dynamic of persons is presupposed in historical and philosophical reconstruction of this living tradition of Confucian role ethics. The guiding idea of "resolute agency" (shendu 慎獨) is explored in a metaethical conceptual constellation within a qi 氣-based correlative cosmology and relational ontology of persons, understood as role-encumbered becomings, rather than discrete metaphysical entities or foundational subjects of ethical-political discourse. Drawing upon recent developments in pragmatism, hermeneutic phenomenology, and other philosophical movements that attempt to think through creative agency, without positing foundational, discrete subjects, this dissertation situates a reconstructed Si-Meng conception of "resolute agency" within larger intercultural comparative philosophical conversations in order to expand the interpretive horizons available to co-creative participants in an intergenerational communicating community of "tian commanding" (tianming 天命) exemplary ethical inquirers striving to realize provisional and disclosive moral truths in experience.
dcterms.description Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2018.
dcterms.language eng
dcterms.publisher University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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