On Normative Dualism: Some Preliminary Thoughts on Chinese Approaches to Order and Disorder
Presentation Room, Center for Advanced Study 912 West Illinois Street Urbana
Using one system of norms to positively maintain order but another system of norms to negatively punish disorder is a characteristic, if not unique, Chinese experience. This can be described as normative dualism. This paper discusses this perennial feature of the Chinese normative systems by examining its phenomenological attributes which separates “Li” from “Xing” and its more profound philosophical foundation of dialecticism that distinguishes Yin from Yang, the positive from the negative and morality from punishment.
Cornell University Law School