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Title: Zhi 志 in Mencius : a Chinese notion of moral agency
Authors: Camus, RM 
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Asian philosophy, 2019, v. 29, no. 1, p. 20-33
Abstract: Zhi is an important Chinese notion that conveys among other things human capacity to set aims, to determine a course of action, or to persist in a resolve. The term naturally turns up in Chinese contributions to Western Free Will debate. In this paper, I explain zhi by working out a comparison that goes from East to West. I do a three-fold textual analysis of zhi focusing on the Mencius. I outline different usages found in the text, examine a nuanced, dominant meaning suggested in 2A.2, and discuss notional features based on language patterns. My analysis yields a more homegrown understanding of zhi which I shall compare with Western expressions of moral agency.
Keywords: Mencius
Zhi
Textual analysis
Moral agency
Comparative philosophy
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis
Journal: Asian philosophy 
ISSN: 0955-2367
EISSN: 1469-2961
DOI: 10.1080/09552367.2019.1579431
Rights: © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Asian Philosophy on 19 Feb 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09552367.2019.1579431.
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