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Confucian Authority and the Politics of Caring

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Title:Confucian Authority and the Politics of Caring
Authors:Rosenlee, Li-Hsiang Lisa
Date Issued:06 Sep 2021
Citation:Rosenlee, L. (2021). Confucian Authority and the Politics of Caring. In Political Theory on Death and Dying: Key Thinkers (pp. 19–28). essay, Routledge. DOI:10.4324/9781003005384-3
Abstract:It is inarguable that Confucianism is the most prominent intellectual tradition in Chinese civilization, whose earliest dynastic records stretch back to the Xia dynasty founded by three sage-kings: Yao, Shun, and Yu. Confucius was born in the state of Lu to a minor knight who in his old age took in a young maiden as his concubine. As a political philosophy, the teaching of Confucianism hinges on actualizing benevolent governance, which starts with the self-cultivation of a moral personhood at home; one’s sphere of moral influences is then concentrically radiated from one’s own family, community, state, to the world at large. This chapter offers a Confucian take on what constitutes a legitimate political authority and its accompanying obligations to care for its political constituents, especially the vulnerable—the young, the old, the sick, and the disabled—as a mitigating measure in shifting our attitude toward caring for others.
Description:This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in Political Theory on Death and Dying on September 6th, 2021, available online:

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Pages/Duration:17 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
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