Confucianism for the Modern World

Daniel Bell (Editor) Hahm Chaibong (Editor)

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$34.99  $32.19
Cambridge University Press
Publish Date
June 11, 2003
6.0 X 0.9 X 9.0 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author

Daniel Bell is a member of the International Society of Olympic Historians and North American Sports Library Network. He lives in Leesburg, Florida.


"The Confucian Analects instruct us that a teacher is one who can 'warm up the old so as to understand the new.' As interpreted by the contributors to Confucianism for the Modern World, this dictum does not mean to simply re-heat old platitudes, but to look with fresh eyes on the past and on the present, finding there inspiration for Confucian-style institutions and values that can contribute to a better future, both in East Asia and beyond. Ranging from democracy and education to social welfare and family law, the collection's scope, combined with the uniformly high quality of its challenging contents, mark Confucianism for the Modern World as an important milestone in world conversations about culture and institutions for the twenty-first century." Stephen Angle, Wesleyan University
"Confucianism has been declared dead and resurrected repeatedly--but rarely with sufficient attention to its concrete relevance for modern life. Here finally is a volume, written by the finest minds in the field, exploring the implications of Confucian 'affective communities' for modern politics (democracy), economics (capitalism), and the rue of law. The book will be warmly welcomed both by friends of Asian culture and by modern democrats seeking to find remedies for the ills of egocentrism and political and economic exploitation." Fred Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame
"Confucian core values humanity, sympathy, reciprocity, civility, responsibility, public-spiritedness, and communality provide the inspiration for this rich, subtle and thoughtful intellectual joint venture to offer a persuasive alternative to Western modernism. As a powerful critique of the Enlightenment mentality defined in terms of aggressive anthropocentrism, instrumental rationality and possessive individualism, this cutting-edge scholarly exploration of Confucian practical and institutional resources for democracy is an original and significant contribution to contemporary reflection on the human condition." Tu Weiming, Harvard University
"This is a fascinating set of essays for anyone interested in modern East Asian society."
John Berthrong, The Journal for Asian Studies