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New Confucianism in Twenty-First Century China

The Construction of a Discourse, 1st Edition

By Jesús Solé-Farràs


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This book explores how Confucian thought, which was the ideological underpinning of traditional, imperial China, is being developed and refined into a New Confucianism relevant for the twenty-first century. It traces the development of Confucian thought, examines significant new texts, and shows how New Confucianism relates to various spheres of life, how it informs views on key philosophical issues, and how it affects personal conduct. Starting by exploring the philosophical and ideological principles of New Confucianism, the book goes on to explain how New Confucianism is a collective process of continuous creation and recreation, an incessant and evolving discourse. It argues that New Confucianism, unlike its earlier manifestation, is more accommodating of a plurality of ideologies in the world; and that understanding Confucianism and how it is developing is essential for understanding contemporary China.


"The New Confucianism in Twenty-First Century China: the Construction of a Discourse is an important contribution to Sinology generally and Confucian studies specially, and a good resource for graduate students and researchers


Peter T. C. Chang PhD, Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya, Malaysia. Journal of Global and International Studies

"He understands New Confucianism as 'the contemporary Confucianism that includes the Confucianist thought generated in the wake of the May Fourth Movement of 1919.' His notion of contemporary Confucianism, as depicted in the book, largely embraces an intellectual (mainly abstract) project that is being articulated in academe."

Lukas Pokorny, University of Vienna, Austria. Religious Studies Review, Vol. 44, No. 1, March 2018

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. A Discourse Construction Based on the Contemporary Intellectual Context of Confucianism 2. A Discourse Construction Based on the Discursive Spaces of Contemporary Confucianism 3. A Discourse Construction Based on the Major Contributions to New Confucianism 4. A Discourse Construction Based on a Text of Reference: A Manifesto for Chinese Culture 5. The Construction of a Discourse under Multipurpose Cooperation

About the Author

Jesús Solé-Farràs is a lecturer in East Asia Studies at the Open University of Catalonia, Spain.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary China Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies