The Confucian Conception of Transcendence and Filial Piety

  • Qingxin K. Wang
Part of the Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture book series (PSCC, volume 20)


The religious dimension of Confucianism has been subject to intense controversy ever since Ricci Matteo, a Jesuit missionary, visited China in the late 16th and early 17th centuries: the late Ming period of China. The radical Chinese intellectuals existing after the May Fourth Movement of 1919 have denied altogether that Confucianism has a religious dimension. In the past several decades, many new Confucian scholars outside of mainland China have done admirable work in an attempt to restore the religious dimension of Confucianism. Drawing heavily on the Lu Xiangshan-Wang Yangming school of neo-Confucianism, which emphasizes the power of the subjective mind and the denial of the objective existence of the transcendent world, these scholars share the view that the Confucian religion does not make a strong distinction between transcendence and immanence.


Filial Piety Confucian Classic Religious Dimension Confucian Conception Western Religion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Public Management, Tsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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