Asian Philosophy 28 (1):20-34 (2018)

Xunwu Chen
University of Texas at San Antonio
This essay explores the contractual dimension in Confucianism. It demonstrates that essential to Confucianism is the concept of three contracts: the contract of mind with oneself, the cultural contract with society and community; and the moral contract with humanity and the universe at large. Confucianism may not be labelled as contractualism. Nonetheless one would not have an adequate understanding of Confucianism without a view of the contractual dimension of Confucianism. Confucianism may not be labelled as realism. However, essential to Confucianism is the idea of the total unity of the self, society, and the world, and the total harmony of heaven, earth, and humankind.
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