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Reflections on Kang Chan's ＂A New Approach to Han Fei on Personhood＂
Kang Chan;Han Fei Zi;A New Approach to Han Fei on Personhood;self-interest;personhood
|Issue Date:||2017-10-31 14:59:05 (UTC+8)|
Kang Chan in his ＂A New Approach to Han Fei on Personhood＂ reviews scholars' studies on Han Fei's account on human beings before him, and argues that all the scholars' proposals cannot account for that human behaviors are divergent. According to Kang Chan, there are three kinds of self-interested behaviors: An unrestrained, self-aggrandizing pursuit of self-interest, a prudent pursuit of self-interest conducted within the framework of rules and a noble pursuit of self-interest through attaining goodness and beauty in oneself and by acting altruistically. All these three kinds of behaviors are coming from human’s having human nature, innate dispositions, hearts and vital energy and pursuit of beauty. And humans should go back to the original state, which is, behaving in accord with a prudent pursuit of self-interest conducted within the framework of rules. Although Kang Chan's proposal is innovative, his idea does not match Han Fei Zi. In the first place, we can hardly finding any reason for distinguishing three kinds of self-interested behaviors. Secondly, it cannot be said that human nature, innate dispositions, hearts and vital energy are constituents of a human being. Last but not least, the discussion of beauty is based on a basic misunderstanding of the aim of morality. Although Kang Chan's proposal is unsatisfactory, we might get the answer to whether it is necessary to offer an account of human behaviors from Han Fei Zi's account of constituents of a human via reflecting Kang Chan's proposal.
|Relation:||The National Chengchi University Philosophical Journal|
政治大學哲學學報, 36, 113-158
|Appears in Collections:||[政治大學哲學學報 THCI Core] 期刊論文|
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