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Voice From the East: The Chinese Theory of Justice

Editor: Huang Yushun

Translated by Hou Pingping, Wang Keyou

ISBN: 978-1-84464-358-5

E-ISBN: 9781844643868

Hardback - 300 pages


£80 €100 $125



This book is a pioneering study on restructuring the Chinese theory of justice against a background of hegemonic dominance of Western theory of justice and of collective aphasia of China’s intellectual and academic communities in this aspect. It discusses the problems caused by the dominating Western theory of justice and the urgent needs for a universal theory of justice. It delineates the origin and the development of the Chinese intellectual history of justice and explores ways to address justice-related issues in the contemporary world. This book aims to initiate a dialogue on the theory of justice in the world and to stimulate further debate and research. In recent years, studies on justice-related issues, such as fairness and impartiality, have become increasingly popular. Undoubtedly, this has to do with the various manifestations of injustice in not only regions and countries, but also in the world’s economic and political orders. Currently, the world is dominated by the Western theory of justice, which has led to a series of irrational actions of injustice by certain Western countries in the name of justice. The world is in urgent need of a universal theory of justice acceptable to all countries to guide their acts in international affairs. This book aims to provide a modern interpretation of classical Chinese institutional ethics and re-construct the Chinese theory of justice, thus to initiate a dialogue between the Western and Eastern world on the theory of justice, and to contribute to the establishing of a universal theory of justice in the real sense.



Yu-shun Huang is a prestigious philosopher and Confucian in contemporary China. He got his Ph.D. from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Presently he is Professor, Ph.D. supervisor and Deputy Dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies of Confucianism, Shandong University. He is the founder of Life Confucianism; the discoverer of the ancient poetry hidden in the Book of Changes (Zhouyi); one of the pioneers for the comparative study of Confucianism and Phenomenology; the initiator of the Chinese Theory of Justice. He has published more than 170 papers and a number of books. The books published are: (1) The Poetry of Ancient Times in The Book of Change, (2) Surmounting The Contradiction Between Knowledge And Value: The Philosophical Questions in The Debate of Science vs. Metaphysics, (3) Confucianism Facing Life-in-itself: Huang Yushun’s Self-selection on Life Confucianism, (4) Love And Thinking: The Ideas of Life Confucianism, (5) Confucian Thoughts and Modern Life: A Collection on Life Confucianism, (6) Confucianism and Life: Papers on Life Confucianism, (7) Lectures on Life Confucianism.

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