How many books contain Confucius teachings

Communitarianism and Confucianism

Handbook of Communitarianism pp 447-463 | Cite as

  • Eun-Jeung Lee
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Confucianism is no longer an unknown doctrine in the West either. At the same time, one encounters considerable prejudices against her. In connection with the debate about communitarianism in particular, Confucianism is often portrayed as the cultural basis of authoritarian political rule. This is not entirely wrong, but it is based on a one-sided perception of Confucianism. In fact, it looks back on a long history of political instrumentalization. Nonetheless, this teaching contains concepts that can be conducive to communal coexistence.


Confucianism Confucian Ethics Political Instrumentalization China East Asia
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1. Free University of BerlinBerlinGermany