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Confucianism as a World ReligionContested Histories and Contemporary Realities$
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Anna Sun

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691155579

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691155579.001.0001

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The Politics of the Future of Confucianism

The Politics of the Future of Confucianism

(p.173) Chapter 9 The Politics of the Future of Confucianism
Confucianism as a World Religion

Anna Sun

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on the possible future developments of Confucianism in Chinese society: as a cultural identity, political ideology, ethical outlook, ritual practice, symbolic tool in politics, and even the foundation for the civil religion of China. The chapter presents three events that can be seen as corresponding to key issues involved in the future development of Confucianism in China. The first one is called the “politics of epistemology”; the second is the “politics of the religion question,” and finally, the “politics of Confucian nationalism.” However, despite the uncertainties in the politics of the future of Confucianism, its nature as a foundation of morality and possible source of civil religion will never go away.

Keywords:   Confucianism, civil religion, China, cultural identity, epistemology, Confucian nationalism, ritual practice

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