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The Concept of Fate in Mencius

Ning Chen
Philosophy East and West
Vol. 47, No. 4 (Oct., 1997), pp. 495-520
DOI: 10.2307/1400300
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1400300
Page Count: 26
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Abstract

Mencius, who often spoke of ming in different senses among which only one can be taken as fate, upheld two doctrines of fate--moral determinism and blind, unalterable fate--but he was prone to apply the former to collective entities, and the latter to individual persons. This bi-level distinction, which is at variance with the non-distinction in both Moism and Taoism, exercised a profound influence upon the minds of later Confucians.

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