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The Chinese Classic of Family Reverence: A Philosophical Translation of the Xiaojing

Henry Jr. Rosemont and Roger T. Ames


Few if any philosophical schools have championed family values as persistently as the early Confucians, and a great deal can be learned by attending to what they had to say on the subject. In the Confucian tradition, human morality and the personal realization it inspires are grounded in the cultivation of family feeling. One may even go so far as to say that, for China, family reverence was a necessary condition for developing any of the other human qualities of excellence. On the basis of the present translation of the Xiaojing (Classic of Family Reverence) and supplemental passages found in ... More

Keywords: family values, early Confucians, morality, China, family reverence, role ethics, Western moral theories, Xiaojing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832841
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832841.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry Jr. Rosemont, author
Brown University

Roger T. Ames, author
University of Hawaii

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