Confucian pluralism and China's dream of a harmonious world

Peter TC Chang

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    This article will critique three aspects of the conservative re-sacralization project deemed incongruent with China s dream of a harmonious world. The first pertains to the prevailing Han-centric rendition of the Confucian tradition. Rebuttals are made in support of an emerging multicultural global Confucianism , an international movement that would further the Chinese quest for a universal ethical order. The next criticism relates to the proposal by conservatives for a Confucian church and the installation of Confucianism as China s state religion. In response, counterarguments are advanced for the re-institution of civil Confucianism . One key issue is whether scholar-officials or clerics can restore a more holistic, pluralistic re-enchanted China. The final contention addresses the conservative melancholic Hobbesian worldview. The Confucian vision, I explain, is essentially sanguine and the clash of civilizations not inevitable. Moreover, China and the United States share core values for both to jointly sustain a harmonious world.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)382 - 404
    Number of pages23
    JournalChina Information
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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