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Title: Overseas scholars of Confucianism : towards a pragmatic political philosophy
Author: Leal Benavides, Rogelio
ISNI:       0000 0004 8505 3530
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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For over two and a half millennia, the philosophical teachings of Confucianism have shaped and influenced the mores and political thinking of the Chinese people, as well as other Confucian civilisations. Present-day interpretations of Confucianism theorise about the possibility of restoring certain Confucian tenets and of incorporating them into modern socio-political contexts. This study brings together the thought and opinions of a selected group of individuals identified here as "overseas scholars of Confucianism" (haiwai ruxue xuezhe 海外儒學學者) who were specifically interviewed for this research project. The study unveils the historical development and evolution of overseas Confucian discourse, and several methods (including dialectical-hermeneutics, phenomenology, and critical discourse analysis) have been used for the purposes of providing a systematic discourse deconstruction. Taking into consideration the hermeneutical orientation of the scholarship of the interviewees-along with a detailed examination of their backgrounds and of their preliminary engagements with the tradition-their views on the contemporary relevance and praxis of Confucianism were analysed, and their thoughts on the plausibility of a modern political philosophy with Confucian characteristics were also discussed. This work demonstrates how overseas scholars of Confucianism advocate for the future importance of their discourse, and it also considers whether it can have an effect on the future of Chinese social and political affairs-and subsequently, on other nations as well. This dissertation anticipates that it is indeed possible to fashion a critical theory, based on the enterprise of the discourse of these and other scholars, in the form of a political philosophy that is both pragmatic and distinctively ethical.
Supervisor: Yao, Xinzhong ; Brown, Kerry Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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