Confucius and the Modern World

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Lai Chen
Routledge Studies in Contemporary Chinese Philosophy
  • New York, NY: 
    , December
     198 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Wei Shi forthcoming.


This book represents the cutting edge of theoretical works on Confucianism. Starting from Confucianism’s comeback in modern China and ending with the proposal of the new philosophical concept of “multiple universality” in the face of the world culture, the author conducts an in-depth analysis and discussion of many facets of the relationship between Confucianism, Confucian traditions and the modern world culture. 

It has a focused theme and a strong sense of contemporaneity, and responds to the current challenges confronting Confucianism from the perspective of modern culture. The chapters not only elucidate the Confucian position in the face of challenges of global ethics, dialogues on human rights, and ecological civilization, but also provide a modern interpretation of classical Confucian ideas on education, politics and ritual politics as well as an analysis of the development of modern Confucianism. All in all, this work is a comprehensive exposition of the Confucian values and their modern implications.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Chen Lai is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Tsinghua University and Dean of the College of Chinese Ancient Studies at Tsinghua University.

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