The Discontents of Moderate Political Confucianism and the Future of Democracy in East Asia

Philosophy East and West 68 (4):1193-1218 (2019)

Zhuoyao Li
St. John's University
Modern Confucian political philosophy has long been divided between the more comprehensive branch of theories that prioritize Confucian classics and traditions and the more moderate branch of theories that attempt to modernize Confucianism so as to better accommodate contemporary East Asian societies.1 Recently, Joseph Chan and Sungmoon Kim, two leading thinkers from the latter camp proposed their distinct approaches to advocate what for them are the most promising versions of political Confucianism. Chan advances what he calls "Confucian political perfectionism," which is based on the belief that "Confucians should embrace modern institutions and measures if they are effective and tie them to the Confucian...
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