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15 How to Jointly Decide What Ought to Be Done?

An Excursion into Contemporary Chinese Theories of Public Moral Justification

Philippe Brunozzi
Published Online: 2016-07-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/yewph-2016-0017


This paper focuses on contemporary Chinese theories of public moral justification and engages in the mainly descriptive project of introducing how, according to at least some contemporary Chinese theorists, we ought to decide which moral order shall figure as the common normative framework for our undertakings so that it can be considered to be publicly justified to all. Giving a closer reading of four Chinese theorists (Zhao Tingyang, Wan Junren, Fan Hao and Gao Zhaoming), it will become apparent that these accounts display an internal dynamic that shall allow us to relate them so as to draw the rough outlines of a possible coherent account of public moral justification. In the centre of this account will figure a standpoint that may be coined as a “first-person plural standpoint”.

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Published Online: 2016-07-27

Published in Print: 2016-07-25

Citation Information: Yearbook for Eastern and Western Philosophy, Volume 2016, Issue 1, Pages 175–197, ISSN (Online) 2196-5897, ISSN (Print) 2196-5889, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/yewph-2016-0017.

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