Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia

2017.06.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Sungmoon Kim, Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia, Cambridge University
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2017.06.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Sungmoon Kim, Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia, Cambridge University Press, 2016, 276pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781107106222. Reviewed by Sam Crane, Williams College What can Confucianism be in the modern world? In adapting traditional concepts and principles to contemporary social and political circumstances, how much revision is too much? At what point does the modernity of a modern Confucianism overwhelm its Confucian distinctiveness? Among theorists who wrestle with these sorts of questions, politics is a central concern. On the one hand are those who view Confucianism, and its difference from liberalism, as inseparably tied to elitist, non-democratic political practices and institutions. On the other hand are varieties of Confucian democrats, who believe key principles can be adapted to liberal political contexts without losing their unique,. . .

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