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Classical Confucian Political Thought: A New Interpretation

Loubna El Amine


The intellectual legacy of Confucianism has loomed large in efforts to understand China's past, present, and future. While Confucian ethics has been thoroughly explored, the question remains: what exactly is Confucian political thought? This book returns to the classical texts of the Confucian tradition to answer this vital question. Showing how Confucian ethics and politics diverge, the book argues that Confucian political thought is not a direct application of Confucian moral philosophy. Instead, contrary to the conventional view that Confucian rule aims to instill virtue in all members of s ... More

Keywords: Confucianism, Confucian ethics, Confucian political thought, moral philosophy, political order, political ruler

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691163048
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691163048.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Loubna El Amine, author
Georgetown University