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Confucian Perfectionism: A Political Philosophy for Modern Times

Joseph Chan


Since the very beginning, Confucianism has been troubled by a serious gap between its political ideals and the reality of societal circumstances. Contemporary Confucians must develop a viable method of governance that can retain the spirit of the Confucian ideal while tackling problems arising from nonideal modern situations. The best way to meet this challenge, this book argues, is to adopt liberal democratic institutions that are shaped by the Confucian conception of the good rather than the liberal conception of the right. The book examines and reconstructs both Confucian political thought ... More

Keywords: Confucianism, Confucian political thought, liberal democracy, moral rights, popular sovereignty, political equality, individual sovereignty, democracy, human rights, social justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691158617
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691158617.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Chan, author
University of Hong Kong