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Confucianism and Reflexive Modernity

Bringing Community back to Human Rights in the Age of Global Risk Society


Sang-Jin Han

Confucianism and Reflexive Modernity offers an excellent example of a dialogue between East and West by linking post-Confucian developments in East Asia to a Western idea of reflexive modernity originally proposed by Ulrich Beck, Anthony Giddens, and Scott Lash in 1994. The author makes a sharp confrontation with the paradigm of Asian Value Debate led by Lee Kwan-Yew and defends a balance between individual empowerment and flourishing community for human rights, basically in line with Juergen Habermas, but in the context of global risk society, particularly from an enlightened perspective of Confucianism. The book is distinguished by sophisticated theoretical reflection, comparative reasoning, and solid empirical argument concerning Asian identity in transformation and the aspects of reflexive modernity in East Asia.

Yongle Zhang

Translator Colleen Howe

balance of power among various social groups, leading to a variety of competing perspectives on the social order and social identity. Even though the mission of statesmen/stateswomen is to maintain the existing social order, they must closely monitor these changes. In addition, statesmen/stateswomen need

Xuedian Wang

, like politics, law is based on the idea of an independent judiciary and a system of checks and balances—at the foundational level, is there really much else to discuss? In the future, these fields can continue to create meaningful discourse by addressing issues as they arise from technological change

Jingxi Liu

Translator Anja Bihler

the separation of politics and law, and the corresponding mechanisms of checks and balances, democracies clarify, to the maximum degree possible, the limits to the exercise of power. This prevents policy makers from ignoring the basic interests of the majority, willfully deciding on policy matters

Andrew H. Plaks

critique of man’s hypocritical sacralization of his own self-interest in Civilization and Its Discontents . 20 Within the Greek vision of the maximum fulfillment of human capacity, this issue is commonly linked to the concept of justice, in the sense of the interpersonal balancing of conflicting needs

Translator Caterina Weber

proliferating publications riddled with “false findings” and “false annotations.” This ever-worsening phenomenon of “false arranging” of ancient texts has destroyed the academic balance in this area and has made it difficult for many a puzzled reader to determine the quality of a text. In 2017, scholars

Dandan Chen

lament for the lost South, lost country, lost self, and lost culture was dual behavior. It washed away the deep sense of shame as it summoned up more rosy sentiments, which in turn became a subtle form of redemption. For these people, the most embarrassing necessity was seeking a balance between the old

Zhang Jinguang †

stratified and diminished at multiple official levels and the officials of different levels trying to usurp public land, the state land-granting system lost its balance and the privatization of land ownership became inevitable. Ever since the 31st year of Emperor Qin Shihuang, when he asked all landlords as

Yao Xinzhong

. As an ethical tradition, Confucian virtues are believed to help in recreating social and moral networks that provide individuals and groups with a sense of security and belonging. In reviving Confucianism, we must maintain the balance between tradition and modernity. Any attempt to embrace one

Guofu Cheng

superficially, should not be considered lacking in balance.” 14 Note 3 states: “This book does not presume to discuss the court. In each case where mention of politics is unavoidable, I pass over it in a few words, because I really do not dare to use the pen that writes of love between men and women to offend