The Confucian Ideal of Harmony
Department or Administrative Unit
Philosophy and Religious Studies
He 和 (harmony, harmonization) is probably the most cherished ideal in Chinese culture. Unfortunately, given its significance, it is arguably also the most understudied. It is therefore high time for some serious study of this ideal. This essay focuses on the Confucian tradition. It first explores the meaning of the Confucian notion of he; then it provides a philosophical analysis and exposition; finally, on the basis of value pluralism, this study offers a justification for this Confucian approach to today’s world philosophy and world-cultural politics.
Li, C. (2006). The Confucian Ideal of Harmony. Philosophy East and West, 56(4), 583–603. https://doi.org/10.1353/pew.2006.0055
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