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Yangzhu (5th–4th century BC)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G067-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Yangzhu, detested by the Confucians, is important in the Chinese tradition for initiating the explicit discussion of human nature. He focuses on the thesis that human nature has no inherent ethical or mystical qualities; instead, there is simply an innate tendency to live a long life, a tendency that must be carefully nurtured by a rational regulation of sense stimulation and by the avoidance of any of the entanglements incumbent in a life of working for the good of human society.

Citing this article:
Roth, H.D.. Yangzhu (5th–4th century BC), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-G067-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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