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Confucius and China in the Modern Age (Volume 2)

Author: Lin Ganguan, Tian Renlong, Zhai Qingfu

Translated by Chi Zhen

ISBN: 978-1-84464-662-3

E--ISBN: 9781844646630

Hardback - 406 pages

April 2021


£75 €90 $120



This book draws together the contrasting strands of academic material on the advancement and impact of Confucianism within modern day China. Edited by China’s foremost expert in this field, this new title examines the events from the 20th and 21st centuries to help unravel the reasons why Confucius belief endured within a rapidly modernising China. Kong Fu-Tzu and Confucianism have undergone dramatic ups and downs during the 20th century in China and the ideological and political struggle between the groups who worships Confucius and anti-Confucius has existed for half a century. After the Culture Revolution, the study of Kong Fu-Tzu and Confucianism are able to be studied without any political meddling and has achieved great success. However, the academic field is still holding different opinions towards this. This book has tried to sort out Kong Fu-Tzu and Confucianism’s history in last century and analyzes some important topics and issues with evidence. It’s also given readers some new opinions about several questions, through which we could learn more about intellectual history, academic history and political history of modern China.



Chapter 9 Studies in Confucius and His Thinking in the Early People’s Republic of China (1949-1966)

The Confucian Studies in the Perspective of Historical Materialism

The Study in Confucius and the Periodization of Ancient Chinese History

The Criteria for Evaluating Confucius and His Thinking

Confucius’s Attitude to the Politics and His Political Thoughts

The Nuclei of Confucius’s Thinking

Confucius’s Philosophical and Educational Thinking

The Critical Inheritance of Confucius’s Intellectual Heritage

Chapter 10 Studies in Confucius and His Thinking in Era of Reform and Opening-up (1978-Present): Part I

The Upsurge in Confucian Study in New Era

Methodology and the True/False Confucius

The Key Constituents of Confucius’s Thinking

Chapter 11 Studies in Confucius and His Thinking in Era

of Reform and Opening-up (1978-Present): Part II

Confucius’s Philosophical Thinking

Confucius’s Ethics

Confucius’s Educational Thinking

Confucius’s Political Thinking

Confucius’s Economic Thinking

Confucius’s Legal Thinking

Confucianism: A Religion?

Confucianism and Chinese Modernity






Lin Ganquan is the editor of China’s Historical Research Magazine. Previous positions include Director of the Institute of Historical Research at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Member of the State Council Published Ancient Books Arrangement & Planning Group, Vice Chairman of Editing & Publishing Committee of Guo Moruo's works, Presidium Member & Vice Chairman of China History Institute, President & adviser in Chinese History of Qin and Han Dynasties Research Association, President of Guo Moruo Research Association in China. Lin Ganquan is currently the Presidium Member of The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (literature & philosophy department) and Professor at the Institute of History Research at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.


Confucius and China in the Modern Age (Volume 1)

Confucius and China in the Modern Age (Volume 2)

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