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Contemporary Confucianism in Thought and Action

  • Guy Alitto


  • Presents a valuable collection of essays by Confucianism scholars

  • Includes detailed discussions of Confucianism, centered on its "Theory" and "Practice"

  • Shows the prospects of Confucianism, both in China and globally


Part of the China Academic Library book series (CHINALIBR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Confucianism in the Contemporary World of Thought

  3. Confucianism in the Contemporary World of Action

  4. Liang Shuming: Joining the Worlds of Thought and Action

About this book


This volume focuses on contemporary Confucianism, and collects essays by famous sinologists such as Guy Alitto, John Makeham, Tse-ki Hon and others. The content is divided into three sections – addressing the “theory” and “practice” of contemporary Confucianism, as well as how the two relate to each other – to provide readers a more meaningful understanding of contemporary Confucianism and Chinese culture. In 1921, at the height of the New Culture Movement’s iconoclastic attack on Confucius, Liang Shuming (梁漱溟) fatefully predicted that in fact the future world culture would be Confucian. Over the nine decades that followed, Liang’s reputation and the fortunes of Confucianism in China rose and fell together. So, readers may be interested in the question whether it is possible that a reconstituted “Confucianism” might yet become China’s spiritual mainstream and a major constituent of world culture.


Contemporary Confucianism Cultural Nationalism Environmental Ethics Liang Shuming On Confucian Constitutionalism Theory and Practice

Editors and affiliations

  • Guy Alitto
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Contemporary Confucianism in Thought and Action
  • Editors Guy Alitto
  • Series Title China Academic Library
  • Series Abbreviated Title China Academic Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Foreign Language Teaching and Research Publishing Co., Ltd and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-662-47749-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-51651-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-47750-2
  • Series ISSN 2195-1853
  • Series E-ISSN 2195-1861
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 154
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Jointly published with Foreign Language Teaching and Research Publishing Co., Ltd, Beijing, China
  • Topics Non-Western Philosophy
    Cultural Studies
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