Category Archives: Contemporary Confucianism

“Future of Confucian Political Philosophy” Published

I’d like to call out one item in the recently-published issue of Comparative Philosophy for special mention. “The Future of Confucian Political Philosophy” is a 22,000 word edited transcript of a roundtable discussion that was held in Hong Kong in February 2017. (Direct link to the transcript is here.) The main speakers are:

  • Stephen C. ANGLE, Wesleyan University
  • Elton CHAN, Yale-NUS College
  • Joseph CHAN, University of Hong Kong
  • Jiwei CI, University of Hong Kong
  • Ruiping FAN, City University of Hong Kong
  • Yong HUANG, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Yi-Huah JIANG, City University of Hong Kong
  • Sungmoon KIM, City University of Hong Kong

We each make presentations, and then there is ample time for discussion, both among the invited speakers and with other attendees. On behalf of all participants, I hope that readers will find this to be an engaging snapshot of the some of the state of the art — and some glimpses of the future — of Confucian political philosophy. Discussion here of its themes is of course encouraged!

New Book: Lee Ming-huei’s Confucianism: Its Roots and Global Significance

University of Hawaii Press has published a collection of leading Taiwanese “New Confucian” Lee Ming-huei’s essays, translated into English: David Jones, ed., Confucianism: Its Roots and Global Significance. The Amazon link (with Table of Contents) is here.

Top 10 Issues of 2017 for Confucians in China

According to the 《儒家网》 (Confucian Web), here are the top 10 issues of interest to Confucians in 2017:

(一)儒学复兴进入“重建经学”新阶段

(二)传承发展传统文化上升到国家战略层面,中共十九大提出“坚定文化自信”

(三)“家与孝”讨论,凸显“人伦”的独特地位

(四)对“大陆新儒家”的评议继续深化,“新康有为主义”隐然成型

(五)敦和基金会探索国学领域机构发展模式,助力民间国学社会组织发展

(六)康晓光批判“公益商业化”,捍卫儒家公益之道

(七)阳明学不断升温,儒学已成为当代可供选择的思想资源

(八)学者持续倡议中国儒学学科建设,研究启动儒学教材编纂

(九)中伊开展文化学术交流,推进“儒伊对话”接续回儒传统

(十)孔子诞辰祭祀活动地域范围迅速扩大,祭礼仪式日益完善

This is just one opinion — the editorial staff of this website — but it gives a flavor for what some “mainland new Confucians” have been focused on. Lengthier descriptions of each issue follow below, and also at the original site.

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New Book: Stapleton and Hon, eds., Confucianism for the Contemporary World

SUNY has published Confucianism for the Contemporary World: Global Order, Political Plurality, and Social Action, edited by Kristin Stapleton and Tze-ki Hon. More details are here and below.

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Dialogues Between Angle and Huang, Guo published

The latest issue of 齐鲁学刊 [Qilu Academic Journal] features an extended, two-part dialogue between Huang Yushun and me, and another dialogue between Guo Ping and me. The topics covered include both substantive and methodological issues related to Huang’s “Life Confucianism (生活儒学),” to the “Liberal Confucianism” defended by both Huang and Guo, and to the idea of “Progressive Confucianism.” See:

New issue of Journal of Chinese Humanities

Volume 3 of the Journal of Chinese Humanities has been published. Among other things, it contains an interesting discussion of the trend toward “indigenization” in Chinese humanities, and the connection of this to Confucianism, by Wang Xuedian; and a review by Joshua Mason of Huang Yushun’s English-language book, Voice from the East: The Chinese Theory of Justice (translated by Hou Pingping and Wang Keyou; Reading, UK: Paths International, 2016). The Table of Contents is here.