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Extension of ‘Hyo-Je' Duty and Universal Ethics : by Confucius and Mencius

  • Journal of Korean Hyo Studies
  • 2011, (14), pp.1-18
  • Publisher : The Korean Hyo Studies Association
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities

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1서원대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to study the extension of 'Hyo-je' duty and its character as universal ethics by thought of Confucius(BC 551-479) and Mencius(BC 372-289). 'Hyo-je' is the foremost duty or the maximal moral among human relation in family. It has the first priority than any other duty or virtue in society. But it can be extended from family through society into world and nature in type of other virtue like as sympathy, respect for the aged, and love for nature etc. The reasons that it can be a universal Ethics are as follows : it has both content and form of norm, ; it has extensive scope that can compass the private domain of family, and the public domain of society, state, world, and nature. 'Hyo-je' can be helpful in overcoming the problems like as self-egoism, family-egoism, blood and school ties, favoritism, exclusive nationalism, and environmental disruption, etc. These discussion can contribute to establish 'Hyo Ethics' and 'Hyo Science'. We need to apply different approaches from other science for example religion, social welfare, family environment, etc., in order to systemize 'Hyo Ethis' and 'Hyo Science'.

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