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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

ISSN 1673-3436

ISSN 1673-355X(Online)

CN 11-5743/B

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Front. Philos. China    2007, Vol. 2 Issue (4) : 503-516     DOI: 10.1007/s11466-007-0032-0
Achievements, predicaments and trend of Moral Confucianism
SONG Zhiming
School of Philosophy, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China
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Abstract  Beginning with the promotion of morality in Confucianism, a Neo-Confucian movement in modern Chinese philosophy was initiated, in which Confucianism underwent a transition from tradition to modernity. However, Moral Confucianism did not successfully develop the new kingliness without  from its sageliness within,  respond to modernization marked by science and democracy, and provide moral impetus for the development of a modern Chinese society or appeal to many beyond the small circle of elite Confucianists.  The fundamental reason is that it was caught in a web of moral idealism, overemphasizing what ought to be without confronting what actually was.
Issue Date: 05 December 2007
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