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Confucian Authority and the Politics of Caring

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Item Summary Rosenlee, Li-Hsiang Lisa 2022-04-21T18:09:37Z 2022-04-21T18:09:37Z 2021-09-06
dc.identifier.citation Rosenlee, L. (2021). Confucian Authority and the Politics of Caring. In <em>Political Theory on Death and Dying: Key Thinkers</em> (pp. 19–28). essay, Routledge. DOI:10.4324/9781003005384-3
dc.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: <p>Access to this version of the file is restricted due to a 18-month publisher embargo which ends on March 6th, 2023.
dc.description.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.
dc.format.extent 17 pages
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher Routledge
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
dc.title Confucian Authority and the Politics of Caring
dc.type Book Chapter
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.doi 10.4324/9781003005384-3
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