Mohist Care

@article{Robins2012MohistC,
  title={Mohist Care},
  author={Dan Robins},
  journal={Philosophy East and West},
  year={2012},
  volume={62},
  pages={60 - 91}
}
  • Dan Robins
  • Published 1 January 2012
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy East and West
This essay refutes the widely held view that the Mohist doctrine of inclusive care (jian ai 兼愛) rules out any special preference for those close to us, especially family. Family values such as filial piety were in fact extremely important for the Mohists, as is clear even in their writings on inclusive care. Caring inclusively involved taking up a social perspective by committing oneself to collective norms that, if widely followed, would secure everybody’s well-being. This would not be a pure… 
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