Abstract

This is a study of the Confucian ideal of harmony and harmonization (he ). First, through an investigation of the early development of he in ancient China, the meaning of this concept is explored. Second, a philosophical analysis of he and a discussion of the relation between harmony, sameness, and strife are offered. Also offered are reasons why this notion is so important to Confucian philosophy. Finally, on the basis of value pluralism, a case is made for the Confucian approach of he to the politics of today's world culture.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 583-603
Launched on MUSE
2006-10-11
Open Access
No
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