Confucian Political Ethics

Confucian Political Ethics

by Daniel A. Bell

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Confucian Political Ethics 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400828661
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Series: Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 657 KB

About the Author

Daniel A. Bell is professor of political philosophy and ethics at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

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