Confucian Relationism and Global Ethics

Alternative Models of Ethics and Axiology in Times of Global Crises


Environmental disasters, unequal distribution of resources, viral pandemics, and other types of trans-national disasters, are global crises that cannot be solved within the narrow framework of individual nation-states. They must be addressed through global cooperation and solidarity. Such strategies require intercultural dialog that goes beyond fashionable slogans and can lead to a truly equal exchange of knowledge and ideas.

Towards this endeavour, this book by Jana S. Rošker focuses on the traditional Confucian ethic of relationism, which historically spread throughout many regions of East Asia. She examines the specific features of relational ethics and explores its possible contribution to the new global ethics.
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Jana S. Rošker earned her PhD at Vienna University. She is a professor of sinology at the University of Ljubljana and has published 26 books on various aspects of Chinese philosophy, including Interpreting Chinese Philosophy - A New Methodology (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021).
Prologue: The Year of the Metal Rat, the Curse of the Bat and the Search for a New Ethos

1 Methodological Introduction
 1 Beyond East and West
 2 Global Crises in Transcultural Perspective
 3 Mutual Learning: Frames of Reference, Discursive Translations and the Method of Sublation
 4 Political and Philosophical Discourses: Confucianism and Ruism
 5 On Our Way to Global Ethics: A Transcultural Interpretation of Ethics and Morality
2 Freedom, Responsibility and the Relationship between the Individual and Society
 1 The Thesis of Immanent Authoritarianism
 2 Individualism: Universal, Collectivist and Communitarian
 3 Relationism and Confucian “Role Ethics”
 4 Personhood and the Question of Individual Uniqueness
3 Confucian Humanism and Democracy
 1 Humaneness (ren) and Humanness (ren xing)
 2 The Deontological Character of Confucian Ethics and the Foundations of the Confucian Model of Democracy
 3 Confucian Humanism
4 Subjectivity, Control, and Digital Technology
 1 Problems of Isolation and Digital Tracking Measures
 2 Interpersonal Responsibility and the Origins of the Social Credit System
 3 Digital Technologies as a New Universalism
 4 Cosmotechnology in the Mirror of Technological Plurality
 5 Ontology of Digital Objects and Structural Onto-epistemology
 6 The Agony of Enlightenment Values and Two Types of Inhumanity
 7 Intimacy, Privacy and Isolation
5 Restructuring the Axiology of Global Ethics: On a Winding Path from Transcultural to Global Ethics
 1 Backgrounds
 2 First Steps
 3 Sublating Relationism

Epilogue: The New Politeia, the Land of Rusting Arms, and the Deliverance from Dark Times

Glossary of Chinese Terms
Sources and Literature
Scholars and students of Chinese and East Asian studies, philosophy, anthropology, history, and sociology, as well as to a broader readership interested in ways to resolve the current global crises.
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