Confucian Political Ethics

Confucian Political Ethics

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by Daniel A. Bell
     
 

For much of the twentieth century, Confucianism was condemned by Westerners and East Asians alike as antithetical to modernity. Internationally renowned philosophers, historians, and social scientists argue otherwise in Confucian Political Ethics. They show how classical Confucian theory--with its emphasis on family ties, self-improvement, education, and the social… See more details below

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For much of the twentieth century, Confucianism was condemned by Westerners and East Asians alike as antithetical to modernity. Internationally renowned philosophers, historians, and social scientists argue otherwise in Confucian Political Ethics. They show how classical Confucian theory--with its emphasis on family ties, self-improvement, education, and the social good--is highly relevant to the most pressing dilemmas confronting us today. Drawing upon in-depth, cross-cultural dialogues, the contributors delve into the relationship of Confucian political ethics to contemporary social issues, exploring Confucian perspectives on civil society, government, territorial boundaries and boundaries of the human body and body politic, and ethical pluralism. They examine how Confucianism, often dismissed as backwardly patriarchal, can in fact find common ground with a range of contemporary feminist values and need not hinder gender equality. And they show how Confucian theories about war and peace were formulated in a context not so different from today's international system, and how they can help us achieve a more peaceful global community. This thought-provoking volume affirms the enduring relevance of Confucian moral and political thinking, and will stimulate important debate among policymakers, researchers, and students of politics, philosophy, applied ethics, and East Asian studies. The contributors are Daniel A. Bell, Joseph Chan, Sin Yee Chan, Chenyang Li, Richard Madsen, Ni Lexiong, Peter Nosco, Michael Nylan, Henry Rosemont, Jr., and Lee H. Yearley.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691130057
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Series:
Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics Series
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,425,359
Product dimensions:
6.64(w) x 9.11(h) x 0.71(d)

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Table of Contents


Preface   Daniel A. Bell     ix
State and Civil Society     1
Confucian Conceptions of Civil Society   Richard Madsen     3
Confucian Perspectives on Civil Society and Government   Peter Nosco     20
Civil Society, Government, and Confucianism: A Commentary   Henry Rosemont, Jr.     46
Boundaries and Justice     59
Territorial Boundaries and Confucianism   Joseph Chan     61
Boundaries of the Body and Body Politic in Early Confucian Thought   Michael Nylan     85
Ethical Pluralism     111
Confucian Attitudes toward Ethical Pluralism   Joseph Chan     113
Two Strands of Confucianism   Lee H. Yearley     139
Contemporary Feminism     145
Gender and Relationship Roles in the Analects and the Mencius   Sin Yee Chan     147
The Confucian Concept of Ren and the Feminist Ethics of Care: A Comparative Study   Chenyang Li     175
War and Peace     199
The Implications of Ancient Chinese Military Culture for World Peace   Ni Lexiong     201
Just War and Confucianism: Implications for the Contemporary World   Daniel A. Bell     226
Contributors     257
Index     159

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