Mozi: the Man, the Consequentialist, and the Utilitarian

Publication Year:
2013
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https://scholarworks.wm.edu/honorstheses/772
Author(s):
Mendenhall, Grace H.
thesis / dissertation description
The most notable and recent comparative studies of Mozi have classified the ancient Chinese philosopher as a divine command theorist and consequentialist. In reconsidering this controversial debate, this paper finds that Mozi, in fact, meets the qualifications of classical utilitarianism and, in fact, may even espouse a proto-rule-utilitarian theory of ethics.