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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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Debating with My Critics

Debating with My Critics

(p.161) Chapter 8 Debating with My Critics
A Confucian Constitutional Order

Jiang Qing

Princeton University Press

This chapter illustrates Jiang Qing's willingness to engage in substantive debate with his critics. Jiang's argumentative style is closest to the mode favored by Western liberal thinkers, though he is no doubt inspired by earlier Confucian debaters such as Xunzi who wrote in a clear and systematic style. Still, there is an element of unease: Jiang seems adamant about sticking to his views; he fails to make even one concession to his critics. He gives the impression that China (and maybe even the whole world) is doomed unless it endorses and implements the Way of the Humane Authority as a whole package. Therefore, it is worth asking if Jiang could have made some compromises or modifications to his theory that would have at least partly satisfied his critics.

Keywords:   Jiang Qing, critics, Western liberal thinkers, Confucian debaters, Xunzi, China, Way of the Humane Authority

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