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Yutang Jin
Princeton University
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    Classic Confucian Thought and Political Meritocracy: A Text-based Critique.Yutang Jin - 2021 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 20 (3):433-458.
    Recent debates on Confucian meritocracy largely center around outright normative critiques rather than its textual basis. The unflattering upshot is the lack of attention to a mode of critique that scrutinizes Confucian meritocracy by questioning the way meritocrats invoke Confucian concepts and values. Focusing on three meritocrats—Bai Tongdong 白彤東, Daniel A. Bell, and Kang Xiaoguang 康曉光, this article ventures a text-based normative approach by examining continuities and ruptures between core meritocratic arguments they make, and the messages conveyed by Confucian masters. (...)
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    Confucian Justifications of Democracy: A Critique of Joseph Chan's Democratic Theory.Yutang Jin - 2020 - Philosophy East and West 70 (2):374-394.
    For many contemporary Confucians today, an urgent task is to reflect on the challenges of modernity and look for what Mou Zongsan calls a "New Outer Kinghood."1 In the political realm, this task implies identifying ways in which Confucianism can meet the challenges of, and potentially reconcile itself with, liberal and democratic values. One of the most contested terrains that emerged out of the recent debate is the relationship between Confucianism and democracy. Theorists not only differ in their understandings of (...)
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    Confucian Leadership Democracy: A Roadmap.Yutang Jin - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (2).
    What kind of polity is justified by classic Confucian values? Adopting an interpretive approach, this paper explores the idea of leadership democracy being expressive of classic Confucian values by first introducing the models of leadership democracy associated with Weber and Schumpeter and second connecting Confucian elitist values to them. I argue that leadership democracy best realizes the Confucian emphasis on the people as the source of legitimacy and the ruler as the engine of good governance. The Confucian idea of people-rootedness (...)
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    Tongdong Bai: Against Political Equality: The Confucian Case.Yutang Jin - forthcoming - Res Publica:1-6.
    Tongdong Bai’s ambitious book, Against Political Equality: The Confucian Case, aims to not only draw on classic Confucianism to shed light on contemporary issues but also make Confucianism universally applicable to the human conditions widely shared around the globe. Bai’s Confucian political theory carries distinctive merits in both its innovative approach and comprehensive scope, but there are still ambiguities of which he owes us more explanation. In this review article, I offer a brief summary of Bai’s book and critically engage (...)
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    What Confucianism and for Whom? The Value and Dilemma of Invoking Confucianism in Confucian Political Theories.Yutang Jin - forthcoming - Journal of Value Inquiry:1-21.