The Confucian Family as Dilemma for Justice
AbstractThis paper offers a critical discussion of the dilemma between familial harmony and justice in the philosophy of Confucius as recorded in The Analects Book 13:18. This chapter is one of the most controversial chapters in The Analects as it seems to suggest that Confucius is protecting a thief from legal punishment. This paper would explore whether Confucius is justified in setting up the limits of justice once the harmony of the family is at stake.
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