Harmonism as an Alternative

  • Keping Wang

Part of the Key Concepts in Chinese Thought and Culture book series (KCCTC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  16. Back Matter
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About this book


This Key Concepts pivot considers the fundamental Chinese cultural ideal of harmony (hé/和). Historically originating from Confucianism, the concept of harmony sits at the heart of Chinese traditional culture, which is characteristically morality-based and harmony-conscious due to the central role of pragmatic reason and wisdom nurtured through Confucianism, Daoism, Mohism, Legalism and other schools of thought.  This pivot delineates the rationale of the Chinese philosophy of harmony and its implications for modern social practices worldwide. It notably reexamines the relevance of hé beyond the realm of philosophy, and how this concept can impact on modern day human relations, amongst individuals and families as well as on a wider societal scale. It explores how hé can affect perspectives on political interaction, international relations and human conflict, as well as the interaction between man and nature. Addressing the inevitable tension between theory and practice, this book argues for the very real relevance of hé in 21st century cultural, social, political and economic spheres in China and beyond.


Harmonism and Chinese Culture Chinese Philosophy of Harmony Fundamental Chinese Cultural Ideals Cosmic Order Generative Power Chinese Traditional Culture Implication of Chinese Philosophy for Western World Reciprocal Ecumenism Vicarious Feeling Personal Cultivation

Authors and affiliations

  • Keping Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Chinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Foreign Language Teaching and Research Publishing Co., Ltd. This international edition is exclusively licensed to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. for worldwide distribution outside of China 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-3563-1
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-3564-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-8464
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-8472
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