New Confucian Political Philosophy – Tu Wei-ming's Fiduciary Community

Weber, Ralph. (2004) New Confucian Political Philosophy – Tu Wei-ming's Fiduciary Community. Acta Orientalia Vilnensia, 5. pp. 92-103.

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This paper engages with the thought of the contemporary New Confucian and Harvard scholar Tu Wei-ming. Its particular focus is on what could be termed "New Confucian Political Philosophy." Yet, is it appropriate to speak of a specific political philosophy within Confucianism, or, more specifically, within its 20th century successor New Confucianism? Is it fit to use familiar categories of political philosophy such as liberal-communitarian, individual-society, or democratic-authoritarian in order to scrutinise New Confucianism? Taking questions such as these seriously, this paper starts with some important methodological issues and only then turns to Tu Wei-ming's proposal of a fiduciary community, that is, of a community of trust. Among other issues, the Confucian family, self-cultivation, and the concept of "politics as rectification" are discussed. At the end, Tu Wei-ming's ideas of how to make this Confucian sense of politics and of community contribute to contemporary political philosophy are briefly addressed.
Faculties and Departments:08 Cross-disciplinary Subjects > Europainstitut > Europainstitut > European Global Studies (Weber)
UniBasel Contributors:Weber, Ralph
Item Type:Article
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Vilniaus Universiteto Leidykla
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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