Filial Values and “Unhealthy Practices:” When is Corruption Increased by Confucian Virtues? The Roles of Moral Conflict and Societal Transparency

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Does the Confucian virtue of filial piety-- and its requirement to "love with distinction"-- encourage corruption? This question has received recent interest from philosophers, but has not been addressed empirically. Despite the intuitively appealing nature of the accusation, we propose that being highly filial, as a virtue, should in fact protect one from temptations to participate in self-enriching corruption; but conversely, it may morally motivate one to help particular others in one’s social circle (particularism), if the social institutions of one’s environment are perceived as inadequate to prevent corruption.

Funding Source: RGC - General Research Fund (GRF)
Effective start/end date01/01/1830/06/21


  • filial piety
  • Confucianism
  • transparency
  • corruption
  • particularism


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