Individual Rights or Community? A Confucian Perspective of Social Justice

  • Yunping WangEmail author


A close reading of early Confucian texts does impress us that Confucians fully appreciate the significance of livelihood of the people and distribution of economic resources, usually as the manifestation of benevolent rule. It does not mean, however, that Confucians try to figure out a framework of social justice, as what western contemporary political philosophers do with social justice. Instead, the value of emphasizing material goods and their allocation there is actually located in a specific framework in which political community is a moral community and the relation between kings and the people is the kind of care. What Confucians present us is a different picture of social justice with its underlying assumption of human nature and community, which may not be familiar in modern times but also be relevant.


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  1. 1.School of Public AffairsXiamen UniversityXiamenP. R. China

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