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A Comparative Study of the Doctrine(s) of the Conscience in the Philosophies of St. Paul and Wang Yangming

Culturally speaking, what is human being? What makes humans humans? These are essential questions that every serious thinker needs to ask and must propose an answer in his or her philosophical enquiry. It happens that both Apostle Paul (c. 5 BCE – 67) of the Christian Faith and Wang Yangming (c.1472 – 1529) of the Confucian tradition have both come up with a doctrine of The Conscience. In this study, we will apply the historical methods of textual and hermeneutic studies in conjunction with the method of philosophical enquiry. We will examine the significant writings of St. Paul (such as The Epistle to the Romans) and the works of Wang Yangming (plus other Confucian thinkers in his tradition). The research aims are thus several. (1) To identify what commonalities and differences are in their doctrine(s) of The Conscience. Besides, in relation to (1), this research seeks to answer also: (2) what philosophical arguments have these thinkers formulated? (3) Are their arguments still sound, inherently logical and believable? And, perhaps,(4) under what conditions have or might their arguments been mitigated?

Commencement Date : 2015/9
Completion Date : 2016/6
Chief Investigator(s) : HO NANG KWOK, ORLANDO 何能國 #
Keyword(s) : Conscience   St. Paul   Wang Yangming   life and values education  

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