Analects Book 1: Confucius on rightness

Rightness

Rightness (義/) means having the moral disposition to instinctively or spontaneously do the right thing or act in the right way in any given situation. Alternative translations include “righteousness”, “propriety”, “morality”, “appropriateness”, and “what is right”.

The only reference to rightness in Book 1 of The Analects is made by the disciple Youzi in Chapter 13 when he says: “If your commitments conform to what is right, you will be able to keep your word.”

Rightness is explored more deeply in the second half of The Analects.

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