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Fall 10-11-2020


An exploration of the role of pleasure or delight (le ) in classical Confucian ethics. Building on Michael Nylans account of the role of pleasure in public spectacle and social order, I explore how the meaning of delight (le ) derives from the features and effects of music (yue ). Drawing on Dewey s aesthetics and accounts of music in Confucian texts, I explore a conception of Confucian ethics, in which delight like states generated through everyday social interaction are foundational.


This is the author's manuscript of an article originally published in the Journal of Chinese Philosophy, available at



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