Filial morality

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Filial regard is the special consideration that children, even as adults, show their parents and filial morality the demonstration that such a regard is demanded of them. The three main accounts of filial morality, based upon ideas of gratitude, role obligations, and friendship, are shown to be unsatisfactory. The article explores the idea, found in traditional Chinese thinking, that filial regard is the 'root' of goodness, and suggests that the Chinese model has been viewed unsympathetically due to an understanding both of the family's role in moral education and of the nature of modern morality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-192
Number of pages14
JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 1996

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  • Philosophy


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