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Theorizing Confucian Virtue Politics

Theorizing Confucian Virtue Politics
The Political Philosophy of Mencius and Xunzi

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  • Publication planned for: November 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108499422

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  • Surprisingly little is known about what ancient Confucian thinkers struggled with in their own social and political contexts and how these struggles contributed to the establishment and further development of classical Confucian political theory. Leading scholar of comparative political theory, Sungmoon Kim offers a systematic philosophical account of the political theories of Mencius and Xunzi, investigating both their agreements and disagreements as the champions of the Confucian Way against the backdrop of the prevailing realpolitik of the late Warring States period. Together, they contributed to the formation of Confucian virtue politics, in which concerns about political order and stability and concerns about moral character and moral enhancement are deeply intertwined. By presenting their political philosophies in terms of constitutionalism, Kim shows how they each developed the ability to authorize the ruler's legitimate use of power in domestic and interstate politics in ways consistent with their distinctive accounts of human nature.

    • Explains the difference between Mencius and Xunzi as political thinkers
    • Provides a deep philosophical analysis of Mencius's and Xunzi's political thought
    • Explains the debate between Mencius and Xunzi in its historical context
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    • Publication planned for: November 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108499422
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Confucian Constitutionalism:
    1. Interest, morality, and positive Confucianism
    2. Virtue, ritual, and constitutionalism
    3. Before and after ritual: moral virtue and civic virtue
    Part II. Wang, Ba, and Interstate Relations:
    4. The psychology of negative Confucianism
    5. Hegemonic rule: between good and evil
    6. Responsibility for all under heaven
    Conclusion: between old and new.

  • Author

    Sungmoon Kim, City University of Hong Kong
    Sungmoon Kim is Professor of Political Theory and Director of the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy at City University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Confucian Democracy in East Asia: Theory and Practice (Cambridge, 2014), Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia (Cambridge, 2016) and Democracy after Virtue: Toward Pragmatic Confucian Democracy (2018).

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