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Title: Confucianism and democracy
Authors: Tan, S.-H. 
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: Tan, S.-H. (2010). Confucianism and democracy. Confucianism in Context: Classic Philosophy and Contemporary Issues, East Asia and Beyond : 103-120. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Is Confucianism democratic or antidemocratic? Could Confucianism and democracy at least coexist in a society? Could there be more than coexistence: positive mutual transformation that brings the two closer or even effects a fruitful merger? These are questions of importance beyond the ivory tower. They have consequences for the future of many societies in East Asia, and the relationship between East Asian societies and other societies in a globalizing era. This chapter will begin with a brief introduction to the wide and growing range of literature on the relationship between Confucianism and democracy by highlighting and comparing some major positions. It then advocates a Confucian democracy by reconstructing, in the sense of a transformative understanding that renders past meanings relevant to the future, some key aspects of Confucianism. © 2010 State University of New York All rights reserved.
Source Title: Confucianism in Context: Classic Philosophy and Contemporary Issues, East Asia and Beyond
ISBN: 9781438431918
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