David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 9 (4):427-443 (2010)
A central issue in Chinese philosophy today is the relationship between Confucianism and democracy. While some political figures have argued that Confucian values justify non-democratic forms of government, many scholars have argued that Confucianism can provide justification for democracy, though this Confucian democracy will differ substantially from liberal democracy. These scholars believe it is important for Chinese culture to develop its own conception of democracy using Confucian values, drawn mainly from Kongzi (Confucius) and Mengzi (Mencius), as the basis. This essay describes some obstacles to this form of Confucian democracy. It argues that considering the political philosophies of Kongzi and Mengzi in the context of their views on personal cultivation reveals that they oppose some of the central assumptions of democracy. They do not trust the public to make good decisions, and advocate government for the people, but not by the people. These philosophies alone cannot generate democracy
|Keywords||Confucianism Democracy Kongzi Mengzi|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
David Elstein (2012). Mou Zongsan's New Confucian Democracy. Contemporary Political Theory 11 (2):192.
Sor-Hoon Tan (2012). Democracy in Confucianism. Philosophy Compass 7 (5):293-303.
Similar books and articles
Keqian Xu (2006). Early Confucian Principles: The Potential Theoretic Foundation of Democracy in Modern China. Asian Philosophy 16 (2):135 – 148.
Ranjoo Seodu Herr (2010). Confucian Democracy and Equality. Asian Philosophy 20 (3):261-282.
Sor-Hoon Tan (2007). Confucian Democracy as Pragmatic Experiment: Uniting Love of Learning and Love of Antiquity. Asian Philosophy 17 (2):141 – 166.
Tongdong Bai (2008). A Mencian Version of Limited Democracy. Res Publica 14 (1):19-34.
Francis Cheneval (2011). The Government of the Peoples: On the Idea and Principles of Multilateral Democracy. Palgrave Macmillan.
Brooke A. Ackerly (2005). Is Liberalism the Only Way Toward Democracy? Confucianism and Democracy. Political Theory 33 (4):547 - 576.
Thom Brooks (2006). Plato, Hegel, and Democracy. Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain 53:24-50.
Viren Murthy (2000). The Democratic Potential of Confucian Minben Thought. Asian Philosophy 10 (1):33 – 47.
Karsten J. Struhl (2007). Is Democracy a Universal Value? Radical Philosophy Today 2007:3-24.
Robert Keith Shaw (2009). The Phenomenology of Democracy. Policy Futures in Education 7 (3):340-348.
Shaun O'Dwyer (2003). Democracy and Confucian Values. Philosophy East and West 53 (1):39-63.
Teodros Kiros (2011). Philosophical Essays. Red Sea Press.
Added to index2010-09-13
Total downloads43 ( #38,288 of 1,098,976 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #287,052 of 1,098,976 )
How can I increase my downloads?