From Descartes to Spinoza, Western philosophers have attempted to propose an axiomatic systemization of ethics. However, without consensus on the contents and objects of ethics, the system remains incomplete. This four-volume set presents a model that highlights a Chinese philosopherâ€™s insights on ethics after a 22-year study. Three essential components of ethics are examined: metaethics, normative ethics, and virtue ethics.
In this volume, the author analyzes the relationship between peopleâ€™s sense of reputation, the political and economic status of a nation, and the observation of virtue ethics and he argues that reputation can encourage people to conform to virtue ethics. In addition, a nationâ€™s political and economic status is closely connected to peopleâ€™s virtue ethics. That is, people will have higher virtue ethics when constitutional democracy, a market economy without government control, freedom of speech, and the moral system of liberalism and egalitarianism are established in a nation.
This title is an essential read for students and scholars of ethics and philosophy in general.
Table of Contents
1 Conscience and Reputation: Ways of Realizing Excellent Morality
2 Moral Character: The Realization of Excellent Morality
Wang Haiming is a professor at the Department at Philosophy at Peking University, China, mainly studying ethics and political philosophy. He has published ten academic monographs, including The Principles of New Ethics.