Theories of family in ancient chinese philosophy

Frontiers of Philosophy in China 4 (3):343-359 (2009)

Abstract
Unlike traditional Western philosophy, which places no special emphasis on the importance of family structure, traditional Chinese philosophy represented by Confucianism is a set of theories that give family a primary position. With family as the foundation, a complete framework of “human body → two genders → family and clan” is formed. Therefore, family in Chinese philosophy is existent, gender-interactive and diachronic. It should also be noted that family also plays a fundamental role in Chinese theories on cosmology, religion, and many other subjects. In other words, Chinese culture as a whole is imprinted with reflections on family. Nowadays, as the value of family becomes less prominent, re-examining ancient Chinese philosophy will undoubtedly bear theoretical significance. Meanwhile, traditional Chinese philosophy can also offer an ideological framework for the re-construction of family values in the contemporary world.
Keywords homelessness in Western philosophy  traditional Chinese family philosophy  family with ethical significance  family of universe  family with religious significance  family with cognitive significance cognition  西方哲学的无家性  中国古代的家的哲学  伦理之家  宇宙之家  宗教之家  认识之家
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DOI 10.1007/s11466-009-0022-5
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