Confucian Political Theory
MANCEPT Workshops 2017,
Monday 11 September to Wednesday 13 September
Conveners: Elton Chan (Yale-NUS College), Larry Lai (University of Hong Kong) and Baldwin Wong (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Call for Abstract
In recent years there has been an increasing interest among Anglo-American political theorists in comparing the diverse ways of how the Western and Chinese thinkers address political issues. Several academic publishers (such as Cambridge University Press and Princeton University Press) and journals (such as European Journal of Political Theory 15(4)) begin to publish books and articles about Confucianism. Unlike the past generation of thinkers, such as Theodore de Bary and Tu Wei Ming, who aimed to show that Confucianism is not necessarily tied to authoritarianism but in many ways compatible with western liberal democratic values, some contemporary political theorists (Jiang 2012, Bell 2006, 2016) argue that Confucianism offers a distinctive alternative to liberal democracy, which enables us to reflect on the liberal democratic values that are usually taken for granted. While some political theorists do recognize liberal democratic values, they believe that Confucianism can offer insights to revolve problems that worry current liberal democratic societies (Chan 2014, Angle 2012). The growing body of literature can be found in these years.