Regret, Resentment, and Transgression

Michael D. K. Ing

in The Vulnerability of Integrity in Early Confucian Thought

Published in print September 2017 | ISBN: 9780190679118
Published online August 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190679149 | DOI:
Regret, Resentment, and Transgression

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This chapter builds on the previous chapter by further exploring regret as it relates to resentment and transgression. Specifically, this chapter challenges the dominant understanding of resentment in Confucian thought. It argues that, from an early Confucian perspective, resentment is a sign that we require the care of significant others and that we are vulnerable to their concern or neglect. The chapter then connects resentment with frustrated desire and the production of literature designed to channel this desire to future others who might realize the Confucian dao道‎. It shows that this act of releasing pent up desire is often associated with the transgression of social norms, as in the case of Kongzi composing the Chunqiu《春秋》‎. In short, the chapter demonstrates that early Confucians saw these kinds of transgressions as valid responses to value conflicts.

Keywords: Confucian thought; resentment; transgression; Chunqiu 《春秋》; frustrated desire; fafen 發憤

Chapter.  13163 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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