AAARI CUNY Ethics and Morality Essay Contest 2021 (deadline on 11/30/2021; $1,000 prize)

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CUNY’s AAARI (Asian American / Asian Research Institute) is organizing another round of Ethics and Morality Essay Contest in 2021. The best essay will be awarded with a $1,000 prize. The deadline is Tuesday, November 30, 2021. The essay topic is “virtue” and a question of “What characteristics or virtues distinguish the moral man from the immoral one?”


The AAARI provides the following different types of virtue in different culture.

  • Ancient Greek’s four Cardinal Virtues: Prudence/Wisdom, Justice, Fortitude/Courage, and Temperance/Self-control
  • Ancient Greek’s four Theological Virtues: Faith, Hope, and Charity
  • COnfucious Five Constant Virtues: Ren (Benevolence, Love), Yi (Righteousness), Li (Propriety, Loyalty, Filial Piety, Chastity, Respect), Zhi (Wisdom), Xin (Integrity, Honesty, Fidelity)

In Japan, Bushido’s virtues by Nitobe Inazo are still widely perpetuated in society: Rectitude or Justice, Courage, Benevolence or Mercy, Politeness, Honesty and Sincerity, Honor, Loyalty, and Character and Self-Control.

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