The Renaissance of Confucianism in Contemporary China / Edition 1

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A new generation of Confucian scholars is coming of age. China is reawakening to the power and importance of its own culture. This volume provides a unique view of the emerging Confucian vision for China and the world in the 21st century. Unlike the Neo-Confucians sojourning in North America who recast Confucianism in terms of modern Western values, this new generation of Chinese scholars takes the authentic roots of Confucian thought seriously. This collection of essays offers the first critical exploration in English of the emerging Confucian, non-liberal, non-social-democratic, moral and political vision for China’s future. Inspired by the life and scholarship of Jiang Qing who has emerged as China's exemplar contemporary Confucian, this volume allows the English reader access to a moral and cultural vision that seeks to direct China’s political power, social governance, and moral life. For those working in Chinese studies, this collection provides the first access in English to major debates in China concerning a Confucian reconceptualization of governance, a critical Confucian assessment of feminism, Confucianism functioning again as a religion, and the possibility of a moral vision that can fill the cultural vacuum created by the collapse of Marxism.

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“The book provides interesting (and to some degree emic) insights into a newly emerged Chinese school of thought which strives to restore Confucianism’s political applicability in the twenty-first century. In short, readers will find here a valuable introduction to a provocative and increasingly important branch of contemporary Confucianism.” (Lukas Pokorny, Religious Studies Review, Vol. 38 (4), December, 2012)

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Table of Contents

Introduction. The Rise of Authentic Confucianism
Ruiping Fan

Part I. The Renaissance of Confucianism

1. From Mind Confucianism to Political Confucianism
Jiang Qing

2. The Rise of Political Confucianism in Contemporary China
Ruichang Wang

3. On “One-Continuity” in Jiang Qing’s Confucian Thought
Dan Lin

4. Jiang Qing on Equality
Ruiping Fan

5. The Confucian Conception of Transcendence and Filial Piety
Qingxin K. Wang

6. Toward a Proper Relation between Men and Women: Beyond Masculinism and Feminism
Tangjia Wang

7. The Soft Power in the Confucian “Kingly Way”
Anthony Yeung

Part II. Critiques and Responses

8. Jiang Qing’s “Political Confucianism”
Daniel Bell

9. Declaration towards a Global Ethic? Jiang Qing’s Response
Jonathan Chan

10. Jiang Qing on the Inevitable and Permanent Conflict between the Christian Faith and Confucian Culture
Ping-cheung Lo

11. The Characteristics and Prospect of Confucian Academies: A Commentary on Jiang Qing's Ideas on Confucian Academies
Xiuping Hong

12. Three Political Confucianisms and Half a Century
Albert H.Y. Chen

13. Is Political Confucianism a Universalism? An Analysis of Jiang Qing’s Philosophical Tendency
Xianglong Zhang

Part III. A Note on Jiang Qing

14. A Confucian Coming of Age
Erika Yu and Meng Fan

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