Heaven in the Mwodz

Nicolas Standaert (Leuven University)
WSWG 17, Leiden University
Thursday 18 Sept 2003 (Session 2)

Nicolas Standaert


Our teacher Mozi says: "...Heaven's will proclaimed: 'These men impartially care for those I care for and impartially benefit those I benefit....'" (Mozi 26)

The general assumption is that "Heaven does not speak" in the Chinese early texts. Starting from this quote from the Mozi, this paper will analyse the silence of Heaven. More particularly, it will look at 1) who is speaking about Heaven and 2) what this speaking about Heaven implies for the relationship between the human being and Heaven.


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