When an agent comes across a desperate situation, his ability to perform the right action is often not a mere matter of theoretical clarification, but practical deliverance. In the case of Trolley, for instance, even if it would be morally better for the agent to save five lives by diverting an out-of-control trolley onto an innocent victim, he might not have the strength and determination to perform the action. This point is echoed by the martial artist Bruce Lee in his book Tao of Jeet Kune Do. Lee says that in the case of street combat, unless the agent is prepared to die, and has complete devotion to deal with the difficulty which arises in the moment, he will not survive the challenge. In this paper, I will describe this ability with reference to the virtue of zhixing 直性; the literal meaning of zhixing involves a preparedness to respond to challenge in a straightforward manner and with complete determination. In addition to Lee’s elaboration, I will explain the virtue of zhixing with reference to the doctrines of Zen Buddhism and Confucianism respectively. Copyright © 2016 In Pursuit of Wisdom Conference.
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2016|