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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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Transcendent Heaven?

Transcendent Heaven?

A Critique of Jiang Qing’s Grounding of the Right to Rule

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(p.129) Chapter 6 Transcendent Heaven?
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A Confucian Constitutional Order
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Chenyang Li

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154602.003.0007

This chapter defends another interpretation of heaven that is neither transcendent nor anthropocentric: it argues that heaven is necessarily interrelated in a “heaven–earth–humanity” triad. It calls into question Jiang's view that there is one transcendent heaven occupying a higher position that generates a differentiated heaven. The notion of a transcendent heaven is redundant and illogical. It makes no sense to say that heaven can be both one thing that generates something else and one part of something else that is generated by it. The chapter speculates that the real reason for Jiang's metaphysical position is the need to justify an Academy that represents heaven and stands above the tricameral parliament.

Keywords:   transcendent heaven, heaven–earth–humanity triad, anthropocentric heaven, metaphysical position, Academy, tricameral parliament

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