Aristotle and Confucius as Mirror Images


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Aristotle and Confucius as Mirror Images
Critics who continue to assess the ideas of virtue as espoused by Aristotle in Western Civilization’s birth and the ideas of Confucius in one of the highlights of Chinese moral supremacy see these two as mirror images of one another.
“The idea… is to use Aristotle and Confucius as ‘mirrors’ for each other. (One author) is inspired by Aristotle here. He quotes the following passage: ‘when we wish to see our own face, we do so by looking into the mirror, in the same way when we wish to know ourselves we can obtain that knowledge by looking at our friend. For the friend is, as we assert, a second self’” (Wenzel 2010, p. 303). Whereas Plato has Socrates define virtue as knowledge, both Aristotle and...
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.....surgence of Confucianism in East Asia emphasizes the value of Chinese tradition and criticizes Western individualist morality. Tradition and an ever-changing society, so Yu emphasizes, requires paying attention to Aristotle’s ideas as well as Confucius’. They represent mirror images of the ideas of virtue.
Dougherty, J. P. (2008): “Remastering Morals with Aristotle
and Confucius” Washington: The Review of Metaphysics
Jun 2008. Vol. 61, Iss. 4; pg. 863 - 866
Wenzel, C. (2010): “The ethics of Aristotle and Confucius:
Mirrors of virtue” Honolulu: Philosophy East and West
Apr 2010. Vol. 60, Iss. 2; p. 303 – 307
Yu, J. (1997) “Virtue: Confucius and Aristotle” Honolulu:
Philosophy East and West Apr 1998. Vol. 48, Iss. 2;
pg. 323 - 348