Is the Confucian tradition compatible with the Western understanding of human rights? Are there fundamental human values, regardless of cultural differences, common to all peoples of all nations? At this critical point in Communist China's history, eighteen distinguished scholars address the role of Confucianism in dealing with questions of universal human rights.
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Number of pages: 408
Weight: 482 g
Dimensions: 235 x 165 x 20 mm
An ambitious book, dealing with human nature, according to classical Confucian philosophers, analogies between rights and rites, and Confucian influences in 20th-century China. -- Stefan B. Polter Asian Affairs This rich volume, a feast for the mind, a joy to the soul, is so wise in seeing that the human rights discourse is not the singular fruit of a peculiar liberal individualistic Western tradition, not the unique genetic child of Jews or Christians or Greeks. -- Edward Friedman Asian Thought and Society It reduces the lack of clarity that has characterized discussions of this subject to date. -- Lynn Struve China Quarterly The essays explore such vital subjects as the normative foundation of human rights claims, the relationship of the individual to the nation-state, rites as rights, due process, harmony versus freedom of thought, constitutionalism, and the rule of law... each one does stand on its own as a solid piece of scholarship. Choice This engaging book is propaedeutic to a study of how Confucianism might contribute to decisions respecting rights. -- Dale Maurice Riepe International Studies in Philosophy