Universal and Particular—Ideological Developments in the Contemporary Chinese Confucian Revival Movement (2000–2020)


Wei Shi’s well-crafted study weaves together historical context, ideological complexities, and insightful case studies on Confucian metaphysics, ethics, and politics. Engagingly written, it seamlessly bridges the gap between universal and nationalist (particular) perspectives, offering a rich tapestry of ideas and satisfying unity.

Shi describes the profound impact of Confucian revival on China's cultural identity. She argues that Confucian ideas continue to shape China's trajectory in an ever-changing world. Specialists, graduate students, and enthusiasts will find this work an invaluable resource in understanding the multifaceted landscape of China’s Confucian revival in the twenty-first century. 

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Wei Shi, Ph.D. (2022), La Trobe University, is a postdoctoral researcher at Tsinghua University. Her research interests include Confucian thought and intellectual history of Chinese philosophy.
Editorial Board

Jana Rošker, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
PENG Guoxiang, Zhejiang University, China
Stephen Angle, Wesleyan University, USA
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 1 Objectives of the Study
 2 Research Methods
 3 What Is Confucianism?
 4 Chapter Outlines

1 The Revival of Guoxue and the Rise of Wenhua Zijue
 1 Guoxue and Its Development over the Past Century
 2 Awakening of Wenhua Zijue and Contemporary China’s Confucian Revival
 3 Concluding Remarks

2 Confucian Philosophy and Universal Values—Chen Lai’s “Humaneness-Based Ontology”
 1 The Legitimacy of “Chinese Philosophy”
 2 Contemporary Reconstruction of Ren-Based Philosophy
 3 A Critical Development of Earlier Philosophical Systems
 4 Confucian Philosophy and Universal Values
 5 Concluding Remarks

3 Confucian Affection and a Global Ethic: a Contemporary Debate on Confucian Ethics
 1 An Overview of the Debate
 2 Two Main Themes in the Debate
 3 Concluding Remarks

4 Return to Kang Youwei: a New Trend Among “Mainland New Confucians”
 1 An Increasing Interest in Kang Youwei’s Political Thought
 2 Return to Kang Youwei’s Problematique
 3 Main Arguments and Advocacies of the Kang Clique
 4 Criticisms and Responses
 5 Concluding Remarks
 6 Conclusion

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This book would be a valuable addition to the collections of educational institutions, universities, and academic libraries with an interest in Chinese intellectual history, Chinese politics, and philosophy and to all scholars and students of contemporary Chinese philosophy and Confucianism.
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