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The Chinese Classic of Family ReverenceA Philosophical Translation of the Xiaojing$
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Henry Jr. Rosemont and Roger T. Ames

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832841

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832841.001.0001

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The Five Punishments 《五刑章》‎

The Five Punishments 《五刑章》‎

(p.112) Chapter 11. The Five Punishments 《五刑章》‎
The Chinese Classic of Family Reverence

Henry Rosemont

Roger T. Ames

University of Hawai'i Press

In this chapter, Confucius and Master Zeng are talking about the crimes that are addressed by the Five Punishments, none of of which is graver than to be wanting in family reverence. According to Confucius, “To coerce one’s lord is tantamount to repudiating the institution of rulership; to denounce the sage is tantamount to repudiating law (fa) itself; to denounce family reverence is tantamount to repudiating parenthood altogether.” Such offenses, he says, lead the dao to mayhem and anarchy.

Keywords:   family reverence, Confucius, Master Zeng, crimes, Five Punishments, parenthood, dao, mayhem, anarchy, law

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