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16 The Confucian Concept of “Cheng” (Integrity) in Relation to Publicity and Justice

An Ethical and Methodological Enquiry

Ole Döring
Published Online: 2016-07-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/yewph-2016-0018


This paper explores the meaning of the Confucian concept of Cheng as a philosophical proposition for facilitating publicity and justice according to ethical best practice. Cheng is interpreted as a guide for teleological judgement and a moral prescript for cultivation that provides orientation for becoming a Junzi, an “accomplished person”. It can also serve to describe a form of proper behavior indicating a moral character. In particular, Cheng interconnects and qualifies all internal and external acts in relation to Ren(humaneness) and Yi(righteousness). It represents the interface between intentionality and practice in view of the subject individual concerned with introspective self-attention Shen qi du and publicity and justice in view of her/his role in society, facilitated through the functional and performative requirements of Cheng. Thus, it can be accommodated with a maxim ethics that expressly requires publicity and justice as indicators for acceptability.

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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 198–216, ISSN (Online) 2196-5897, ISSN (Print) 2196-5889, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/yewph-2016-0018.

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