Confucian Political Ethics
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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It is the moral duty of the ruler to be the ruler — that is , to rule justly and
benevolently and to give priority to the interests of his subjects over his personal
profit . In a similar way , it is the moral duty of the father to be a father — that is , to
This implies a consequent duty to remonstrate with his ruler when the latter
deviates from the Way . He may even need to relinquish his office if his
remonstration is constantly ignored . While remonstration and resignation can be
done in a ...
... has many duties . Besides filial piety to parents , one also has the duty of
loyalty to the ruler . The two duties may come into conflict . For instance , when
the country is being invaded , a man has the duty to answer the ruler's call to fight
at the ...