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A Confucian Constitutional OrderHow China's Ancient Past Can Shape Its Political Future$
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Jiang Qing, Daniel A. Bell, and Ruiping Fan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154602

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154602.001.0001

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An Old Mandate for a New State

An Old Mandate for a New State

On Jiang Qing’s Political Confucianism

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(p.113) Chapter 5 An Old Mandate for a New State
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A Confucian Constitutional Order
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Bai Tongdong

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154602.003.0006

This chapter argues in defense of Confucian politics, but rejects Jiang Qing's interpretation of Confucian constitutionalism. Jiang argues for a kind of Confucian constitutionalism that is grounded in “transcendent values” of the Han dynasty Gongyang school, but the chapter contends that the true spirit of Confucianism should be located in the earlier pre-Qin Confucians such as Mencius and Xunzi, who attempted to find a middle way between the sacred and the secular. It states that a Confucianism backed by a transcendent foundation could not be widely accepted in a modern-day society characterized by the “fact of pluralism.” The chapter rejects Jiang's idea that political institutions such as the House of Ru and the Academy should represent heaven as separate from the people.

Keywords:   Confucian politics, Jiang Qing, transcendent values, Gongyang school, Mencius, Xunzi, pluralism, Academy, House of Ru

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