Reconceptualizing Confucian Philosophy in the 21st Century

  • Xinzhong Yao

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Xinzhong Yao
    Pages 1-4
  3. Revisiting Confucian Doctrines

  4. Reexaming Confucian Concepts

  5. Reinterpreting Confucian Morality

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 451-460

About this book


This book comprises 30 chapters representing certain new trends in reconcenptualizing Confucian ideas, ideals, values and ways of thinking by scholars from China and abroad. While divergent in approaches, these chapters are converged on conceptualizing and reconceptualizing Confucianism into something philosophically meaningful and valuable to the people of the 21st century. They are grouped into three parts, and each is dedicated to one of the three major themes this book attempts to address. Part one is mainly on scholarly reviews of Confucian doctrines by which new interpretations will be drawn out. Part two is an assembled attempt to reexamine Confucian concepts, in which critiques of traditional views lead to new perspectives for perennial questions. Part three is focused on reinterpreting Confucian virtues and values, in the hope that a new sense of being moral can be gained through old normative forms.


Confucian Concept Confucian Doctrine Confucian Ethics Early Confucianism Human Nature Mencius’ Philosophy Traditional Chinese Philosophy Zhongyong Zhu Xi Politics and Morality

Editors and affiliations

  • Xinzhong Yao
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyRenmin University of ChinaBeijingChina

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