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Frontiers of Literary Studies in China

Front Liter Stud Chin    2013, Vol. 7 Issue (3) : 333-338
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Confucian Humanism in Perspective
Weiming Tu()
Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Peking University, 100871 Beijing, China; Harvard University Asia Center, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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This paper is a synthetic piece based on my attempts to address the significance and importance of Confucian humanism as a spiritual resource for human self-understanding in the 21st century. The relevance of Confucian spirituality to ecological civilization is self-evident, but the Confucian revival in Cultural China is predicated on its ability to transcend instrumental rationality, the Faustian drive to dominate, anthropocentrism, and China-centered mentality. The enabling power that helps an open, pluralistic and self-reflexive cultural identity to emerge will be greatly enhanced if China takes India as an essential reference society.

Keywords Confucian humanism      Confucian spirituality      Confucian revival      cultural identity     
Corresponding Authors: Weiming Tu,   
Issue Date: 05 September 2013
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Weiming Tu. Confucian Humanism in Perspective[J]. Front Liter Stud Chin, 2013, 7(3): 333-338.
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