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This chapter presents the author's reply to A.T. Nuyen's views on the Confucian philosophy. Morality is of rather little importance in philosophy, but language is of supreme importance. The author derivation rests on two simple principles. One is that "ought" is used to express reasons for actions. The second principle is: Human beings can voluntarily and intentionally create reasons for action for themselves. At the very end of Nuyen's talk, he suggests something which may be important and that is that perhaps there is a basic difference in world outlook between the Western view as exemplified by Hume and the Confucian view. The author's theory requires the self and that the self is capable of creating desire independent reasons for acting. That is a fundamental principle on which the argument rests.

Keywords: A.T. Nuyen; confucian philosophy



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