A Question of Filial Piety
- The main question: Is lying to save ones parents considered a form of serving them?
- Confucius: Filial piety rules above all
- Fathers that may not be worthy of receiving their son's support
- Plato's assertion that to inflict wrong is a greater evil
- Plato's firm belief in law and order
Should we publicly accuse our own parents of a crime, which will undoubtedly result in their punishment? This age old question has been debated for millennia throughout the world with varied and countless legitimate arguments swaying people's opinions from one side to the other. It is unclear if we shall ever uncover the ?right? answer, but people around the globe will most certainly keep trying to solve this complex dilemma. And when these people exhaust their own common sense and judgments of morality, they turn to greater minds, those who have done this before and have reached definite answers on the subject.
[...] This might result in a sense of pride and would merit rewards from the parents, yet that pleasure cannot be associated with virtue. Likewise, if a child ousts the criminal parent, he or she might feel strong pain and general unpleasantness, yet this feeling cannot be attributed to sin. It is a person's moral duty, according to Plato to obey the justice system, no matter the circumstances. A main point of argument in the Gorgias is Plato's assertion that to inflict wrong is a greater evil than to suffer wrong.[xii] He argues his position against Polus who claims that to suffer wrong is worse. [...]
[...] Whitlock, Greg. Concealing the Misconduct of One's Own Father: Confucius and Plato on a Question of Filial Piety. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 21, no (1994): 115. Ibid [vii] Confucius: Analects [viii] Whitlock. Concealing the Misconduct of One's Own Father Confucius: Analects Whitlock. Concealing the Misconduct of One's Own Father Plato: Gorgias. Translated by Donald J. Zeyl. (Indianapolis/Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc, 1987) 72-73. [xii] Ibid [xiii] Ibid [xiv] Plato : Euthyphro, Apology, Crito. Translated by F.J [...]