By Ruiping Fan (auth.), Ruiping Fan (eds.)
This quantity explores Confucian perspectives in regards to the human physique, healthiness, advantage, soreness, suicide, euthanasia, `human drugs,' human experimentation, and justice in wellbeing and fitness care distribution. those perspectives are rooted in Confucian metaphysical, cosmological, and ethical convictions, which stand unlike glossy Western liberal views in a couple of vital methods. within the modern international, a large choice of other ethical traditions flourish; there's genuine ethical variety. Given this situation, tricky or even painful moral conflicts usually ensue among the East and the West with reference to the problems of lifestyles, beginning, replica, and loss of life. The essays during this quantity examine the ways that Confucian bioethics can make clear very important ethical options, supply arguments, and supply moral suggestions. the quantity will be of curiosity to either common readers coming afresh to the examine of bioethics, ethics, and Confucianism, in addition to for philosophers, ethicists, and different students already conversant in the subject.
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It is superb, and his ideas show deep insight ... Those all came from his diligent and persistent daily practice, not something that one can 38 PEIMIN NI gain by imitating the outward appearance” (Song Yuan Xue An - Heng Pu Xue An). IV. CARE FOR OTHERS Mencius’ theory regarding qi has another point that calls for particular attention - that the abundance of yia can strengthen one’s qi so much that one can go beyond being healthy in an ordinary sense. The qi nourished by yia brings human power to its utmost potential.
Confucian Bioethics, 27-44. © 1999 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in Great Britain. 28 PEIMIN NI I. CULTIVATION OF THE PERSON One of the four major Confucian classics, the Great Learning (Da Xue), summarizes the whole Confucian program into the following eight interdependent steps, with each subsequent step contingent upon and as necessary consequence of its precedent: investigate things, extend knowledge, make the will sincere, rectify the heart-mind, cultivate the person, regulate the family, govern the state well, and bring peace to the world (ge wu, zhi zhi, cheng yi, zheng xin, xiu shen, qi jia, zhi guo, ping tian xia).
They use alcohol as regular drink, take extremity as constant; they go to bed after they got drunk, and exhaust their energy in love-making; they use up their precious vitality, and have no idea of holding up and accumulation. They do not guard their spirit from time to time, and they want immediate pleasure for satisfaction. They live opposite to the principles of life and happiness, and have no regularity in getting up and sleeping. That is why they are declined at the age of fifty” (Su Wen - Shang Gu Tian Zhen Lun).
Confucian Bioethics by Ruiping Fan (auth.), Ruiping Fan (eds.)