On the Practical Dimension of the Traditional Chinese Concept of "Righteousness" in Fighting Against Covid-19 - An Analysis Based on Game Theory
Keywords:重大疫情, 義利, 公義, 信義, 博弈論, pandemic, righteousness, benefits, public and private, game theory
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract also in English.
In the context of the outbreak of covid-19 pandemic and its impact on public health, the conflicts of interests between individuals and between an individual and society have become an ethical challenge. The traditional Chinese concept of “righteousness” (yi) calls for the need for public good, whereas “benefit” (li) is often associated with private interests, as shown in the Confucian-Mohist debate. In this paper, I show that there is another reading of the concept of “righteousness” that does not necessarily exclude the idea of individual interest and benefit. In addition, I use “game theory” to illustrate the unity of public righteousness and private benefit.
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