restricted access Relational Self in Classical Confucianism: Lessons from Confucius’ Analects


The present essay argues that early Confucian texts, notably the Analects, present a relational view of self, together with relational virtues, ethics, et cetera. The recent rise of relational psychology adds empirical support to the Confucian view. This essay then elucidates the relational character of Confucius’ teachings, and reflects on the promise of the relational view for grasping the character of human life and revitalizing educational and social institutions and services.