Abstract

Abstract:

Using an Arendtian approach, this article considers how key concepts in the texts of the Mencius and the Xunzi might be appropriated for 'legitimizing' totalitarian regimes. Taking an unproblematized relation to a normative History and Nature to underlie the plausibility of such appropriation, it is argued that if any Confucianism would be totalitarian, it might well be Mencian instead of Xunzian.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 981-1004
Launched on MUSE
2021-10-21
Open Access
No
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