Free Papers and Essays on Confucianism And Chuang-Tzu
An essay on Confucianism: its roots, premise, impact on society over time and modern incarnations.
The religious traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and classical philosophical traditions (natural law and Confucianism) represented in this book are all, as Joseph Chan puts it in his essay on Confucianism, "perfectionist," that is, they assume that it is good to live a coherent ethical life, they have a substantive vision of such a life, and they hold that both state and society should help people to achieve this. One way to achieve such coherence would be to limit the development of diverse value spheres. The Taliban, for instance, banned television, restricted the content of education, and strictly confined women to the domestic sphere. Within most perfectionist ethical traditions one can find "fundamentalist" arguments for limiting value spheres and thus saving society from the burdens of existential pluralism.
(Notwithstanding that as a college freshman almost 40 years ago I took a lecture survey course on China (with J.K. Fairbank and B. Schwartz); if I had to write an essay on Confucianism right now, I doubt I could pass to save my life; whatever I wrote would be mostly gibberish.)