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Chinese and Comparative Philosophy 中國哲學與比較哲學

Sungmoon Kim, Public Reason Confucianism now available

Kim, PRC coverSungmoon Kim’s new book, Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia (Cambridge, 2016) has just been published. Congratulations, Sungmoon! Here are links to the CUP website and Amazon. Cambridge has also made available a form that anyone can use to get a 25% discount; click here. Here is the book’s description:

Recent proposals concerning Confucian meritocratic perfectionism have justified Confucian perfectionism in terms of political meritocracy. In contrast, ‘Confucian democratic perfectionism’ is a form of comprehensive Confucian perfectionism that can accommodate a plurality of values in civil society. It is also fully compatible with core values of democracy such as popular sovereignty, political equality, and the right to political participation. Sungmoon Kim presents ‘public reason Confucianism’ as the most attractive option for contemporary East Asian societies that are historically and culturally Confucian. Public reason Confucianism is a particular style of Confucian democratic perfectionism in which comprehensive Confucianism is connected with perfectionism via a distinctive form of public reason. It calls for an active role for the democratic state in promoting a Confucian conception of the good life, at the heart of which are such core Confucian values as filial piety and ritual propriety.

April 25, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism, Hong Kong, Korea, Political Theory, Politics | no comments

Angle lecture: Beyond Comparative Philosophy

I’ll be speaking next Monday night (May 2, 6:00pm) in Wesleyan’s Center for the Humanities lecture series. My topic is “Beyond Comparative Philosophy”; details are here. The lecture is free and open to the public.

April 25, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Eiho Baba on Chinese Philosophy and Underlying Assumptions

Eiho Baba of Furman University has a nice contribution to “TEDxFurmanU” on “Chinese Philosophical Texts with a Sensitivity to Underlying Assumptions”; see here.

April 25, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Psychology | no comments