Confucianism and Human Rights

Confucianism and Human Rights

by Wm. Theodore de Bary, William Theodore De Bary
     
 

In essays exploring the relationship of contemporary human rights doctrine to the teachings of Confucius and Mencius, this volume investigates concepts such as the individual in relation to the state; the notion of "rights" in ritual and law; and justice, constitutionalism, and intellectual freedom in Chinese and Western traditions.
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Overview

In essays exploring the relationship of contemporary human rights doctrine to the teachings of Confucius and Mencius, this volume investigates concepts such as the individual in relation to the state; the notion of "rights" in ritual and law; and justice, constitutionalism, and intellectual freedom in Chinese and Western traditions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231109369
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.21(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
Introduction1
1A Constructive Framework for Discussing Confucianism and Human Rights27
2Human Rights: A Bill of Worries54
3Human Rights: A Valid Chinese Concept?67
4On the Rites and Rights of Being Human83
5Mencius and Human Rights94
6The Confucian Theory of Norms and Human Rights117
7Transforming Confucian Virtues Into Human Rights142
8The Yellow Emperor Tradition as Compared to Confucianism154
9Rites and Rights in Ming China169
10Confucianism and Due Process179
11The Concept of People's Rights (Minquan) in the Late Qing193
12Citizenship and Human Rights in Early Twentieth Century Chinese Thought209
13Confucian Harmony and Freedom of Thought234
14Confucian Influence on Intellectuals in the Peoples' Republic of China261
15Confucianism Contested: Human Rights and the Chinese Tradition in Contemporary Chinese Political Discourse270
Epilogue: Human Rights as a Confucian Moral Discourse297
Epilogue: Confucianism, Human Rights, and "Cultural Relativism"308
Index315

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