Confucian Cultures of Authority by Peter D. Hershock, Roger T. Ames

By Peter D. Hershock, Roger T. Ames

This quantity examines the values that experience traditionally guided the negotiation of id, either useful and excellent, in chinese language Confucian tradition, considers how those values play into the perception and workout of authority, and assesses their modern relevance in a speedily globalizing international. incorporated are essays that discover the rule of thumb of formality in classical Confucian political discourse; parental authority in early medieval stories; authority in writings on girls; authority within the nice and long-beloved folks novel of China trip to the West; and the anti-Confucianism of Lu Xun, the twentieth-century author and reformer. by means of studying authority in cultural context, those essays shed significant gentle at the continuities and contentions underlying the vibrancy of chinese language tradition. whereas of curiosity to person students and scholars, the e-book additionally exemplifies the advantages of a thematic (rather than geographic or region experiences) method of incorporating Asian content material in the course of the curriculum. This technique offers elevated possibilities for cross-cultural comparability and a discussion board for encouraging values-centered dialog within the lecture room.

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I will argue, in using Thomas Kasulis’s vocabulary, that the rule of ritual is an intimacy-oriented political model, as opposed to the integrity-oriented one. Kasulis, in his Intimacy or Integrity: Philosophy and Cultural Difference, postulates two cultural models with different prevailing orientation, intimacy-oriented and integrity-oriented. Intimacy is characterized by the following: 1. Intimacy is objective, but personal rather than public. 2. In an intimate relation, self and other belong together in a way that does not sharply distinguish the two.

According to Eno, classical Confucianism was first and foremost a community of men gathering together around a master studying classics and various ritual skills. Much of the collected Confucian writings are related to such activities those men were engaged in and experiences arisen therein. What is distinctive about such a community of learners is their shunning away from abstract reasoning. Instead, their focus was on studying and practicing ritual skills. This emphasis on learning ritual skills points to an underlying assumption essential to Confucianism, namely “an indi- Intimate Authority 35 vidual’s repertoire of skills determines the interpretative options available to him for understanding the world” (Eno, p.

4. The Declaration is published in several different works, one of which is The UN Declaration of Human Rights 1948–1988: Human Rights, The United Nations, and Amnesty International, published by the AIUSA Legal Support Network. Though published in 1988, the work is by no means dated. 5. “Market Democracy in a Neoliberal Order,” in Z Magazine, September 1997. 6. See “Appalachian Focus Must Change” by Barry Wilson in the Resist Newsletter of April 1999: In some parts of Appalachia, illiteracy runs as high as 50 percent.

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