Abstract

A viable democratic Confucianism must contend with the contemporary importance of autonomy. Chan’s reconstruction says it accepts some forms of moral autonomy, while personal autonomy is not necessary; however, his theory lacks genuine moral autonomy while relying on the exercise of personal autonomy. The respective absence and presence of moral and personal autonomy raise questions about whether Confucianism and democracy can be reconciled in the way that Chan proposes—and if not, how.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 47-60
Launched on MUSE
2016-12-28
Open Access
No
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