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The Morality of Vengeance: Confucianism and Tutuism in Dialogue
Cordeiro Rodrigues, L. C.; Ting-mien Lee 李庭綿
2022-06
Source PublicationPhilosophical Forum
ISSN1467-9191
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This paper analyzes two main pro-vengeance Confucian arguments in light of Desmond Tutu's thinking. In the absence of just authority, Confucianism argues that carrying out blood vengeance is fulfillment of filial piety and fulfillment of moral duty for deterring crime and reforming the wrongdoer's character. Confucianism does not propose a systematic theory of blood vengeance after laws have been installed to prohibit act of revenge. As Confucian ethics focuses on virtue cultivation and advocates moral learning over punishment, it may find the Tutuist approach of addressing wrongdoing compatible and complementary. In line with Tutuism, we argue that revenge is not justified because engaging in vengeance fuels negative and obsessive emotions, which undermine virtue and may lead to undesirable results, such as escalation of violence and harming of the innocent. Moreover, we defend that more conditions need to be met than the ones enunciated by the pro-vengeance standpoint to justify an act of revenge.

KeywordConfucianism Tutuism
Subject Area哲学
Language英語English
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PUB ID58437
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CollectionUniversity of Macau
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Cordeiro Rodrigues, L. C.,Ting-mien Lee 李庭綿. The Morality of Vengeance: Confucianism and Tutuism in Dialogue[J]. Philosophical Forum,2022.
APA Cordeiro Rodrigues, L. C.,&Ting-mien Lee 李庭綿.(2022).The Morality of Vengeance: Confucianism and Tutuism in Dialogue.Philosophical Forum.
MLA Cordeiro Rodrigues, L. C.,et al."The Morality of Vengeance: Confucianism and Tutuism in Dialogue".Philosophical Forum (2022).
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