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Human Dignity in Classical Chinese Philosophy

Confucianism, Mohism, and Daoism

Authors: Zhang, Qianfan

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This book reinterprets classical Chinese philosophical tradition along the conceptual line of human dignity. Through extensive textual evidence, it illustrates that classical Confucianism, Mohism and Daoism contained rich notions of dignity, which laid the foundation for human rights and political liberty in China, even though, historically, liberal democracy failed to grow out of the authoritarian soil in China. The book critically examines the causes that might have prevented the classical schools from developing a liberal tradition, while affirming their positive contributions to the human dignity concept. 
Analysing the inadequacies of the western concept of human dignity, the text covers relevant teachings of Kongzi, Mengzi, Xunzi, Mozi, Laozi and Zhuangzi (in comparison with Rousseau). While the Confucian notions of humanity (Ren), righteousness (Yi), and gentleman (Junzi) bear most directly on the conception of dignity, Mohism and Daoism provide salutary corrections to the ossification of the orthodox Confucian practice (Li).

About the authors

Qianfan Zhang obtained his PhD in Government from the University of Texas at Austin (1999), and is Professor of Law at Peking University, where he is also Director of the Center for the People’s Congress and Parliamentary Studies and the Senior Deputy Director of the Constitutional and Administrative Law Center. As an influential public intellectual in China, he has authored or edited over 30 books, and published more than 160 articles and 350 commentaries in the areas of constitutional law and political philosophy. 

Reviews

“Human Dignity in Classical Chinese Philosophy is a valuable reading on why dignity is so important for being human.” (Chung-ying Cheng, Professor, University of Hawaii, US)

“Chinese philosophy has often been used to demonstrate that  Western ethical and political ideas like democracy and human rights do not apply to Chinese culture. This book demonstrates in a convincing analysis of notions of human dignity in the major philosophical currents of ancient China that such assertions are far from self-evident and that the Chinese traditions in fact offer resources for a more democratic future. At the same time, it offers a critical survey of modern Western political philosophy and explores the chances for an intercultural consensus on dignity and a global constitutional order. The author, Professor of Law at Peking University, is one of the leading liberal political thinkers of China.” (Heiner Roetz, Professor, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Zhang, Qianfan

    Pages 1-16

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  • Human Dignity: A Reconstruction of Confucianism

    Zhang, Qianfan

    Pages 17-43

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  • Humanity or Benevolence? The Interpretation of Confucian Ren and Its Modern Implications

    Zhang, Qianfan

    Pages 45-99

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  • Propriety, Law, and Harmony: A Functional Argument for Rule of Virtue

    Zhang, Qianfan

    Pages 101-142

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  • Equality and Universal Love: Human Dignity in Mohism

    Zhang, Qianfan

    Pages 143-172

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eBook 74,96 €
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Hardcover 96,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-53217-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Human Dignity in Classical Chinese Philosophy
Book Subtitle
Confucianism, Mohism, and Daoism
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-70920-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-70920-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53217-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 217
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