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Human Rights in Chinese Thought

Human Rights in Chinese Thought
A Cross-Cultural Inquiry

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Part of Cambridge Modern China Series

  • Date Published: June 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521007528

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  • What should we make of claims by members of other groups to have moralities different from our own? Human Rights in Chinese Thought gives an extended answer to this question in the first study of its kind. It integrates a full account of the development of Chinese rights discourse with philosophical consideration of how various communities should respond to contemporary Chinese claims about the uniqueness of their human rights concepts. The book elaborates a plausible kind of moral pluralism and demonstrates that Chinese ideas of human rights do indeed have distinctive characteristics, but it nonetheless argues for the importance and promise of cross-cultural moral engagement.

    • Combines philosophical argument with sinological scholarship in a way that is accessible to those interested in cross-cultural moral issues or in China
    • Provides the first account of Chinese rights discourse that recognizes its debts to 17th and 18th century Confucianism
    • Engages in concrete, cross-cultural dialogue, suggesting specific ways in which Western and Chinese rights theorists can learn from one another
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    "A historical orientation makes [this book] of immense interest beyond circles of human rights theorists and philosophers...engaging and provocative..." China Rights Forum

    "There has been a flurry of fine books within the last decade on the debate about the history and role of human rights in China, and Professor Stephen Angle has written one of the best, if not the best of the lot." - John Berthrong, Boston University

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    • Date Published: June 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521007528
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 153 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Languages, concepts, and pluralism
    3. The consequences of pluralism
    4. The shift toward legitimate desires in neo-Confucianism
    5. Nineteenth century origins
    6. Dynamism in the early twentieth century
    7. Change, continuity, and convergence prior to 1949
    8. Engagement despite distinctiveness
    9. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Stephen C. Angle, Wesleyan University, Connecticut

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