Confucianism in Context: Classic Philosophy and Contemporary Issues, East Asia and Beyond

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Wonsuk Chang, Leah Kalmanson
SUNY Press, Nov 10, 2010 - Philosophy - 255 pages
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What is Confucianism? This book provides a wide-ranging view of the tradition and its contemporary relevance for Western readers. Discussing the development of Confucianism in China, the work goes on to show the deep impact of Korean and Japanese cultures on Confucian thinking. A dialogic way of thought, highly sensitive to locations and conditions, Confucianism is shown to be a valuable philosophical resource for a multicultural, globalizing world. In addition to discussing Confucianism’ unique responses to traditional philosophical problems, such as the nature of self and society, Confucianism in Context shows how Confucian philosophy can contribute to contemporary issues such as democracy, human rights, feminism, and ecology.
 

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Contents

The Confucian TraditionAn Evolving Narrative
1
Chinese Confucianism
9
2 The History of Confucianism in Korea
33
3 The History of Confucianism in Japan
53
4 What Is Confucianism?
67
5 Confucian Person in the Making
87
6 Confucianism and Democracy
103
7 Confucianism and Human Rights
121
9 A Feminist Appropriation of Confucianism
175
10 Confucian Trajectories on Environmental Understanding
191
Appendix I List of Names
211
Appendix II Historical Periods of China Japan and Korea
215
Glossary
219
Bibliography
227
Contributors
235
Index
239

8 The Short Happy Life of Boston Confucianism
145

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About the author (2010)

Wonsuk Chang is Senior Researcher at the Academy of Korean Studies in South Korea.

Leah Kalmanson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

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