What is Mohism?

What is Mohism?

June 27, 2021 Off By Felso

Mohism is the name of the philosophy of logic, rational thought and science developed by Mozi, which takes its name from the founder Mozi. Mohism generally entails a call to love and demanding the peaceful resolution of all disputes. Mohism; Confucianism developed at about the same time as Taoism and Legalism, and between 770-221 BC (Spring and Autumn Period and Warring States Age) became one of the four main philosophical schools.

Mohism, which contains the concept of universal love at its core, talks about the fact that we should treat everyone equally, regardless of their status or their relationship with us. According to this trend, what nourishes and sustains all life is essentially benevolence and harmony with the way of heaven.

Mozi believes that there is always reciprocity in our actions. If we treat others the way we would like to be treated, we will see it as a favor in return. It says, “If someone throws me a peach, I’ll respond with a plum.” Mozi believes that when this principle is applied to everyone impartially by the rulers, conflicts and wars will be prevented, and if the same principle is applied by everyone, the society will be much more harmonious and therefore more productive.

Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Omer YILDIRIM’s Personal Lecture Notes. Atatürk University Sociology Department 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade “History of Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook