Confucianism notionally began in the sixth century bc with the teachings of an obscure Chinese scholar and occasional government adviser called Kongfuzi. This chapter postulates that Confucianism at all levels will continue to influence Chinese and East Asian societies, but its impact on politics will not be constant or uncontested. It focuses on authoritarian uses of political Confucianism, and considers Confucian democracies. Scholars play a ubiquitous but uncomfortable role in political Confucianism. Ubiquitous because scholars and scholarship are and always have been intrinsic to Confucianism, to the point where Confucian revivals cannot achieve any level of credibility without the co-operation of scholars. The most obvious point of articulation between Confucianism and politics is in the way particular political leaders have attempted to revive something of the spirit, if not the working detail, of Neo-Confucianism, and to harness it for their own ends.
|Title of host publication||Routledge Handbook of Religion and Politics|
|Publisher||Routledge, Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
- political Confucianism
- Confucian democracies