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Theorizing Confucian Virtue Politics: The Political Philosophy of Mencius and Xunzi

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2021.05.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Sungmoon Kim, Theorizing Confucian Virtue Politics: The Political Philosophy of Mencius and Xunzi, Cambridge University Press, 2020, 237pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781108499422. Reviewed by Tim Connolly, East Stroudsburg University Confucian political theory offers a normative vision for contemporary societies that draws on concepts from thinkers in the Chinese philosophical tradition initiated by Confucius (551-479 BCE). Much of the recent work in this area is motivated by dialogue with mainstream Western political theory, focusing on questions of Confucianism's compatibility with liberal democracy. Yet as Sungmoon Kim writes in the opening pages of the book, these attempts to establish dialogue have tended to look at general characteristics of the classical Confucian tradition, giving less attention to internal debates and disagreements within this tradition. Kim's book is devoted to a reconstruction of the different visions of Confucian governance found in Mencius (4th century BCE) and... Read More

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