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Mozi (5th century BC)

DOI
10.4324/9780415249126-G049-1
DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G049-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
Retrieved August 18, 2019, from https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/mozi-5th-century-bc/v-1

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Mozi was the first philosopher to question the ideas of Confucius. Scholarly debate centres around the issue of whether Mozi was a ‘weak’ or a ‘strong’ utilitarian, an ‘act’ or ‘rule utilitarian’, and whether he was a ‘language utilitarian’ or rather placed the religious authority of a personalized Heaven at the centre of his system. He is noteworthy for being the first thinker to develop a tripartite methodology for verifying claims to knowledge and for attacking the Confucian emphasis on ritual and the centrality of the family as the basis for social and political action.

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Yates, Robin D.S.. Mozi (5th century BC), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-G049-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis, https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/mozi-5th-century-bc/v-1.
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