Mozi's Moral Theory: Breaking the Hermeneutical Stalemate
Original Publication Title
Philosophy East and West
English and Humanities
The most significant contemporary controversy surrounding the thought of Mozi is the debate over his ultimate criterion of right action—whether he should be interpreted as a divine-will theorist or as a utilitarian. It is possible, at least on the surface, to interpret him either way. I consider arguments designed to break this hermeneutical stalemate and argue that the divine-will interpretation comes out ahead. I conclude by responding to an argument by Xiufen Lu that the debate is misguided.
Johnson, Daniel, "Mozi's Moral Theory: Breaking the Hermeneutical Stalemate" (2011). Faculty Research. 9.