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Democracy in Contemporary Confucian Philosophy

1st Edition

By David Elstein


220 pages

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This book examines democracy in recent Chinese-language philosophical work. It focuses on Confucian-inspired political thought in the Chinese intellectual world from after the communist revolution in China until today. The volume analyzes six significant contemporary Confucian philosophers in China and Taiwan, describing their political thought and how they connect their thought to Confucian tradition, and critiques their political proposals and views. It illustrates how Confucianism has transformed in modern times, the divergent understandings of Confucianism today, and how contemporary Chinese philosophers understand democracy, as well as their criticisms of Western political thought.


This book provides an in-depth and easy-to-comprehend analysis of each contemporary Ruist thought, and it can be used for an introductory course of contemporary Confucian political philosophy. - andrew tsz wan hung, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Table of Contents

1. An Overview of Democracy and Democratic Thought in Modern China 2. Classical Ruist Political Thought 3. Mou Zongsan on How Ruism Justifies Democracy 4. Xu Fuguan on Recovering the Ruist Spirit 5. New Ruism in Taiwan Today: Lee Ming-huei 6. Deng Xiaojun: Ruist Democracy in post-Mao China 7. Jiang Qing: China’s New Traditionalist 8. Bai Tongdong’s Ruist Meritocracy 9. Conclusion

About the Author

David Elstein is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at New Paltz, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Political