|Description||This talk examines the role of the family in relation to social justice in the early Confucian tradition, and puts the Confucian tradition into dialogue with the work of John Rawls, arguing that on questions of justice and the family, much can be learned through the comparative study of these very different thinkers. The work of early Confucian philosophers and Rawls’s work intersect in their emphasis on the importance of initially developing a sense of justice within the context of the family, and a comparative study of the capacity for a sense of justice in Confucius and Rawls can not only help us to better understand each of these views, but also helps us to see new ways to apply their insights, especially with respect to the contemporary relevance of their accounts.
Erin M. Cline is the author of Confucius, Rawls, and the Sense of Justice (Fordham University Press, 2013) and Families of Virtue: Confucian and Western Views on Childhood Development (Columbia University Press, forthcoming). She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Baylor in 2006. Prior to joining the faculty of Georgetown University in 2009, she served as Assistant Professor of Chinese Philosophy and Religion at the University of Oregon.|