Authenticity, sincerity and spontaneity: The mutual implication of nature and religion in China and the West


Journal Article

Fundamental approaches to ethics and morality in both China and the West are bound up not only with conceptions of religion and ultimate truth, but also with conceptions of nature. One dominant theme in the West is to see nature in terms of an original goodness that precedes human manipulation. This theme is bound up with Biblical views of divine creation by a divine lawmaker. In contrast to this view, Chinese conceptions of sincerity (cheng) and spontaneity (ziran) mitigate against such an abstract conception of the original goodness or authenticity of nature. © 2013 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Miller, J

Published Date

  • December 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 283 - 307

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1570-0682

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0943-3058

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1163/15700682-12341259

Citation Source

  • Scopus