Confucianism in the Eyes of a Confucian Liberal: Hsu Fu-Kuan's Critical Examination of the Confucian Political Tradition

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"This book provides access to the work of a contemporary Chinese thinker, Hsu Fu-kuan, whose works may not be accessible to English readers. As a scholar of depth, acumen, and originality, Hsu endeavors to explore the core value of Confucian humanism and to dissociate it from the baneful or outdated bequest. He attributes the political failures of the culture not to the Confucian tradition, but to a legalistically influenced model of "One-Man Despotism," and argues that democracy is the only way forward for China. In analyzing Hsu's thought, this ...
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"This book provides access to the work of a contemporary Chinese thinker, Hsu Fu-kuan, whose works may not be accessible to English readers. As a scholar of depth, acumen, and originality, Hsu endeavors to explore the core value of Confucian humanism and to dissociate it from the baneful or outdated bequest. He attributes the political failures of the culture not to the Confucian tradition, but to a legalistically influenced model of "One-Man Despotism," and argues that democracy is the only way forward for China. In analyzing Hsu's thought, this book clearly summarizes the very complex historical trends in Chinese political philosophy and practice spanning centuries. It also explores the possibility of the creative interaction between, and integration of, Confucian humanism and democratic liberalism, as a viable way to solve the moral, spiritual, and ideological problems of China."--BOOK JACKET.
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Liu (intellectual history and political philosophy, Dalien U. of Technology, China) has revised his Phd dissertation for Temple University to expose western readers to one of the leaders of New Confucianism since 1949. He also sets Hsu in the context of previous and contemporary thought, and summarizes his argument that Confucian humanism and democratic liberalism are means to solve the moral, spiritual, and ideological problems of China. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Son of the Earth 21
Childhood and Early Education 21
From Politics to Scholarship 24
The Son of the Earth and the Champion for Democracy 38
2 The Core Value of Confucian Political Thought 51
"Concerned Consciousness" - The Fountainhead of Confucian Humanism 51
Confucius' and Mencius' Theory of Human Nature - The Philosophical Foundation of Confucian Political Thought 55
The Political Thought of Confucius and Mencius 72
3 Criticism of Chinese Despotism 99
Transition From a Feudal Society to an Authoritarian Empire 99
The Establishment and Characteristics of Chinese Despotism 103
The Imperial Power and That of the Chancellor 117
The One-Man Despotism, the Aristocracy, and Intellectuals 123
4 Confucianism in the Imperial Era 147
"Triumph" in the Han Dynasty 147
The Mitigating Force and the Compromise 158
Want of the "Rule of Law" 165
5 Implication: Tradition and Modernity 177
Bibliography 187
Index 199
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