The Confucian Golden Rule, Origin and Prospect

Manuel B. Dy, Jr.


The task of the paper is to trace the development of the Confucian Golden Rule from its beginnings in the Analects, The Book of Mencius, The Doctrine of the Mean, The Great Learning, to the Neo-Confucianism of Chu Hsi, Wang Yang-ming, and Tai Chen. With this development, the Confucian Golden Rule can be shown to be in dialogue with Buddhism and Hinduism in the notion of ahimsa developed by Mahatma Gandhi. The prospect of the Confucian Rule lies in its movement from a hierarchical ethics to a cosmopolitan ethics already foreshadowed in the The Great Learning and proposed by the Eco-Ethica philosophy of the late
Tomonobu Imamichi.

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