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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front. Philos. China    2007, Vol. 2 Issue (4) : 475-487
On Confucian communitarianism
HU Weixi
Department of Philosophy, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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Abstract As a social and political thought, communitarian ideas appeared in the Pre-Qin Confucianism. By the Song Dynasty, it had become a systematic theory, namely, the learning of the four books.  As a social and political theory, not only can Confucian communitarianism contribute to Western liberalism, but it can also be an intellectual resource for the development of democracy in East Asian countries and regions. The future of the Confucian communitarianism lies in its critique of itself and its discourse with Western liberalism, by which Confucianism evolves from communitarianism into liberalism.
Issue Date: 05 December 2007
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HU Weixi. On Confucian communitarianism[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2007, 2(4): 475-487.
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