Morality or Technique: Constructing a Gongfu Ethics
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
An adequate philosophical account of gongfu (kung fu) has to examine the relationship between gongfu and ethics. Ethics is in general loosely defined as the study of moral values, typically described through two sets of key concepts: good vs. bad, and right vs. wrong. But not all good and bad or right and wrong are relevant to morality. How is the "good" and "bad" in gongfu related to moral goodness? Is gongfu merely techniques that we employ or something deeper that relate to who we are, even in the moral sense? This paper examines these questions and tries to offer a deeper understanding of gongfu as well as the nature of morality.
American Philosophical Association Central Division Annual Conference
Ni, Peimin, "Morality or Technique: Constructing a Gongfu Ethics" (2010). Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants. 20.