Confucianism vs. Modernity: Expired, Incompatible or Remedial?

Authors

  • Geir SIGURÐSSON University of Iceland

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/as.2014.2.1.21-38

Keywords:

Confucianism, modernization, capitalism, consumerism

Abstract

This paper is an exploration of the reappraisal that has been taking place since the 1980s of Confucianism’s suitability for a modernized society. The first section focuses in particular on the discussion that took place in Singapore on Confucianism as a stimulant for economic activity, arguing that it was first and foremost a politically motivated attempt to establish Confucianism as a convenient ideology. I then move to a discussion of recent attempts to rehabilitate Confucianism in the PRC. In the final section, I suggest how Confucianism can be a healthy antidote to some of the ills produced by contemporary capitalist practice.

 

 

 

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Author Biography

Geir SIGURÐSSON, University of Iceland

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), Chinese Studies, Vice-head, Department of Foreign Languages, Literature and Linguistics

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30.05.2014

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SIGURÐSSON, G. (2014). Confucianism vs. Modernity: Expired, Incompatible or Remedial?. Asian Studies, 2(1), 21–38. https://doi.org/10.4312/as.2014.2.1.21-38

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Modern Confucianism as a New Chinese Ideology