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Confucian PerfectionismA Political Philosophy for Modern Times$
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Joseph Chan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691158617

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691158617.001.0001

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Confucian Political Perfectionism

Confucian Political Perfectionism

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(p.191) Conclusion Confucian Political Perfectionism
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Confucian Perfectionism
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Joseph Chan

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691158617.003.0010

This concluding chapter evaluates the Confucian political perfectionism and explains how perfectionism runs through the reconstruction of this philosophy. Taken as a whole, Confucian political perfectionism makes a radical departure from European and American liberal democratic theory, although it makes use of certain liberal democratic institutions to cope with nonideal problems. In Confucian political perfectionism, the concept of democracy still means rule by the people, but it is not justified by the idea that people are sovereign. Rather, it is justified by its service to the people and by a perfectionist view of a political relationship of mutual commitment and trust between the people and those they have elected to govern.

Keywords:   Confucian political perfectionism, democratic theories, American liberalism, European liberalism, political relationships

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