Title: The Political Unconscious of Confucianism
The ISCWP has published its January, 2020 Newsletter here. This issue features updates from the society’s members on their various activities and a listing of conference panels organized by the society for the 2020 divisional meetings of the APA.
Dates have been announced for two series of events held this spring at Columbia University.
The Comparative Philosophy seminar:
- January 24 – Aaron Stalnaker (Indiana University)
- February 28 – Karsten Struhl (John Jay College, CUNY)
- March 27 – Jin Y Park (American University)
- May 1 – Sin yee Chan (University of Vermont)
The Neo-Confucianism seminar:
- Feb. 7, P.J. Ivanhoe
- March 6, Mercedes Valmisa
- April 3, Justin Tiwald
- May 1, Hwa Yeong Wang
Five special theme articles on good and evil in Korean Philosophy, Religion, and Spirituality have been published in Acta Koreana, vol. 22, no. 2 (December 2019).
Bai Tongdong writes with information about his new book — congratulations!
My new book, Against Political Equality—The Confucian Case was just published by Princeton University Press. In this book, I offer a viable political alternative to liberal democracy that is inspired by Confucian ideas. In domestic governance, I argue that Confucianism can embrace the liberal aspects of democracy along with the democratic ideas of equal opportunities and governmental accountability to the people. But Confucianism would give more political decision-making power to those with the moral, practical, and intellectual capacities of caring for the people. While most democratic thinkers still focus on strengthening equality to cure the ills of democracy, the proposed hybrid regime—made up of Confucian-inspired meritocratic elements with democratic elements and a quasiliberal system of laws and rights—recognizes that egalitarian elements are sometimes in conflict with good governance and the protection of liberties, and defends liberal aspects by restricting democratic ones. I apply these views to the international realm by supporting a hierarchical order, the “Confucian New Tian Xia Order,” based on how humane each state is toward its own and other peoples, and the principle of international interventions under this order whereby humane responsibilities override sovereignty.
PUP’s official link: https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691195995/against-political-equality
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As I have mentioned before, I am happy to post information about articles relevant to Chinese and/or comparative philosophy that are published in journals other than those whose Tables of Contents we try to routinely post. Please just send the information to me! In that spirit:
In the summer 2019 issue of The Review of Politics, three relevant items:
- Zhuoyao Li, “Political Confucianism and Multivariate Democracy in East Asia” (see here)
- Sungmoon Kim, “Reasonable Pluralism and Pragmatic Confucian Democracy: Reply to Li” (see here)
- Zhuoyao Li, “Between Confucianism and Democracy: A Response to Sungmoon Kim” (see here)
And in New German Critique: