Digest of terms

Mohist ethics

Mohism was an anti-Confucian school of thought in ancient China founded by Mo Ti - better known as MoTzu (Teacher Mo) (c470-c380 BCE). It failed to flourish in the long run, but is of interest for championing an ethic of 'universal love' directed towards all equally in contrast to the Confucian emphasis on hierarchy. It connects with Western debates about altruism and egoism, Mo Tzu insisting that universal love transcended what we today call kin and reciprocal altruism.

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