Behind Harmony and Justice


  • Keping Wang Chinese Academy of Social Sciences



Li Zehou, harmony, justice, three forms of harmony, Chinese religious morality, modern social ethics


The proposition of “harmony higher than justice” was initiated by Li Zehou in 2007. It implies a hierarchical consideration rather than value assessment, thus schemed to reveal at least five aspects: (1) Harmony on this account is to be preconditioned by justice. (2) Harmony largely stems from human emotion instead of human rationality. (3) There are three forms of harmony in the societal, personal and eco-environmental domains. (4) What makes the three forms of harmony possible involves some key notions that vouchsafe a theoretical ground and a primary part of the “Chinese religious morality”. (5) The morality of this kind procures a regulative principle to facilitate an appropriate constitution of “modern social ethics” with regard to harmony as the ultimate destination of the future society and world alike. Accordingly, the proposition can be employed to further develop “the Chinese application” and impact “the Western substance”.


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10. 01. 2020



On the edge between Politics and Ethics:Relationship between Harmony and Justice

How to Cite

Wang, Keping. 2020. “Behind Harmony and Justice”. Asian Studies 8 (1): 101-25.

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