The intellectual attractiveness of observing the process of redefinition of Confucianism that was transmitted in the XX century goes beyond mere interest in the ideological content of a new current in Chinese thought. The added interest of this process is based precisely on that the XXI century is witness to the genesis, initiated at the start of the XX century, of a stage in the evolution of Confucianism. This research examines the conviction of New Confucianist thinkers that their discourse is able to structure the story of China in the XXI century in all areas. Now, however, unlike the near-monopoly it exercised in the story of imperial China, New Confucianism admits the need to live alongside the philosophical and ideological currents of thought of a plural society and in connection and dialogue with other cultures of the world. This is a study of discourse that seeks to identify the presence of New Confucianism, an essential cluster in contemporary Chinese thought, in the various discursive spaces of the intellectual world and to identify what its current influence is and where its desire for future influence is located. Entering into profound understanding of Chinese culture teaches that the concepts characteristic of this culture (most of which are within the discourse of New Confucianism) are not conjunctural and convinces us of the relevance of analysing them in order to understand the ideological substrate of China’s social and political processes in the 21st century and so find an explanation for certain social and political phenomena that are otherwise inexplicable.
|Date of Award||30 Sept 2011|
|Supervisor||Sean Valentine Golden . (Director) & Carlos Prado Fonts (Director)|