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Confucius and the Modern World

1st Edition

By Lai Chen


198 pages

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This book represents the cutting edge of theoretical works on Confucianism. Starting from Confucianism’s comeback in modern China and ending with the proposal of the new philosophical concept of “multiple universality” in the face of the world culture, the author conducts an in-depth analysis and discussion of many facets of the relationship between Confucianism, Confucian traditions and the modern world culture.

It has a focused theme and a strong sense of contemporaneity, and responds to the current challenges confronting Confucianism from the perspective of modern culture. The chapters not only elucidate the Confucian position in the face of challenges of global ethics, dialogues on human rights, and ecological civilization, but also provide a modern interpretation of classical Confucian ideas on education, politics and ritual politics as well as an analysis of the development of modern Confucianism. All in all, this work is a comprehensive exposition of the Confucian values and their modern implications.

Table of Contents

Confucius and Modern China

Whose Justice and What Ethics?

—Confucian Ethics and a Global Ethic

Confuciansim and Power Discourse

The Confucian Tradition and Public Intellectuals

Ecological Orientation and Modern Interpretation of the Confucian Doctrine of Benevolence

Confucian Ritual Study and Modern Society

The Confucian Views on the Dialogue between Confucius and Jesus

—Noumenon and Origin

Confucianism and Modern East Asia

Confucian Ethics and China’s Modernization

Modern Chinese Culture and the Predicament of Confucianism

The Three Themes on Early Chinese Political Philosophy

On Moral Politics

—The Idiosyncrasy of Confucian Political Philosophy

On the Educational Thought of Confucianism

Towards Real World Culture

—Multi-element Universalism in the Era of Globalization



About the Author

Chen Lai, Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Tsinghua University, is dean of the College of Chinese Ancient Studies at Tsinghua University. His research focuses on Chinese philosophy, especially Confucianism, covering the period from Pre-Qin Dynasty to modern times. His major works include Ancient Religion and Ethics, Pursuing Modern Chinese Philosophy, Study on Wang Yangming’s Philosophy, and Benevolence Ontology.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Contemporary Chinese Philosophy

Routledge Studies in Contemporary Chinese Philosophy

Edited by Bryan W. Van Norden, Vassar College, USA and Yong Li, Wuhan University, China

It is widely recognized that in science, industry, and technology China is a modern superpower. However, there is still a common stereotype that Chinese philosophy consists of nothing but the earnest repetition of quaint sayings from long-dead sages. In actuality, philosophy in China today is vibrant and intellectually diverse.

The aim of this series is to publish translations of the best and most representative works by contemporary Chinese philosophers. The books in this series include contemporary studies of the history of Chinese or Western philosophy, as well as original works of research in ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, and other areas. Routledge Studies in Contemporary Chinese Philosophy seeks to fill the large gap that currently exists in the study of Chinese philosophy by providing high-quality translations to English-language scholars.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
PHILOSOPHY / Political