Religion and Beliefs
This research is an attempt to show the ethical characteristics of ‘Guarding against self-deception’ in relation to the ‘Resolution of grievances for mutual beneficence’ in Daesoon Thought, a new religious idea of Daesoon Jinrihoe, coming up at the end of the 19thcentury in Korea. I will analyze how this principle differs from the other Western ethical traditions, and thereby spotlight the major differences as well as the similarities of these ethical views.
In the West, the concept of self-deception has received a considerable amount of attention as a topic for ethical discourse, and most discussions on self-deception were mostly being held between the deontologists and consequentialists. The way deontologists and consequentialists respectively approaching ethics explains different ideas on self-deception.
Difference is larger when compared with oriental concept of 'Guarding against self-deception' which emphasizes more on virtue ethics, in that the major flow of Western discussions are centered on natural and legal rights or contract tradition.
Yet, in Daesoon ethics, both characteristics of deontological and consequentialist traits are found in that it is proposed as a normative ground or objectives as well as method for achieving the best result. Thus, unlike the purely traditional Oriental thoughts, it has the consequentialist and teleological character as it is proposed as an objective producing best result as well as the basis of ethical obligation while sharing the common traits of oriental virtue ethics.