Title

Interpretational paradox, implicit normativity, and human nature : revisiting weakness of will from a perspective of comparative philosophy

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Dao

Publication Date

6-2017

Volume

16

Issue

2

First Page

145

Last Page

163

Publisher

Springer Netherlands

Keywords

Weakness of will, Paradox of irrationality, Critical interpretation, Implicit normativity

Abstract

This essay critiques or engages a wide range of existing works on the ancient and well-contested issue of weakness of will, from a new perspective of comparative philosophy combined with a focus on a largely neglected Davidsonian paradox of irrationality. It aims at revealing the interplay between the descriptive and the normative in the very notion of critical interpretation, as well as a special relation between holding-true and making-true which helps to explain the non-accidentalness of the descriptive coat of the Plato Principle and some of the Mencian paradigmatic tenets. By the same token, it also sheds light on some holistic picture about a certain implicit type of dynamic normativity, which seems evidently applicable to, for example, the Mencius-Xunzi 荀子 dispute on human nature, but scarcely noticed or articulated in contemporary contexts of comparative philosophy.

DOI

10.1007/s11712-017-9544-z

Print ISSN

15403009

E-ISSN

15697274

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Zheng, Y. (2017). Interpretational paradox, implicit normativity, and human nature: revisiting weakness of will from a perspective of comparative philosophy. Dao, 16(2), 145-163. doi: 10.1007/s11712-017-9544-z