Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
|Title:||Confucianism, the idea of Min-pen, and democracy|
|Citation:||Nuyen, A.T. (2000). Confucianism, the idea of Min-pen, and democracy. Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies (14) : 130-151. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.|
|Abstract:||With few exceptions, it is believed that Confucianism is incompatible with democracy. The 'incompatibility thesis' has attained the status of near orthodoxy. It is shared by commentators who are hostile as well as those sympathetic to Chinese culture generally and to Confucianism in particular. The arguments for incompatibility typically stress the differences between on the one hand 'democratic values' such as liberty, equality and plurality, and on the other 'Confucian values' such as duty, responsibility and loyalty. Having challenged the arguments for incompatibility by showing that the differences between so-called democratic values and Confucian values are in fact greatly exaggerated, the paper proceeds to discuss the significance of the Confucian idea of min-pen (or min-ben, people as roots). The aim is to show that philosophical Confucianism is not only not an obstacle to democracy but could well be the foundation thereof. The argument will then be further reinforced by revisiting the old 'modernization thesis'.|
|Source Title:||Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
Show full item record
Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.
checked on Dec 29, 2018
Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.