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Confucian Thought In Contemporary China: Trends & Circumstance Xiandai Zhongguo Ruxue Sixiang Zhi Xiangzhuan Yu Qushi Yanjiu
Young, David J.

2012, Master of Arts, Ohio State University, East Asian Languages and Literatures.

Since the early 1980s, China has been experiencing a moderate Confucian revival. This has been evident in various aspects of society such as best selling books & television programs on Confucianism, various academic movements to popularize the Confucian classics, and the burgeoning “traditional learning craze” (guo xue re¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿) among others. This study is an attempt to provide a prefatory analysis of Confucian thought in contemporary China and various revival trends in Chinese academia, society, and politics. The analysis can be broadly separated into four parts:


Firstly, I present signs of the Confucian revival in Mainland China, focusing on examples of Confucian resurgence in mainstream media and society. Secondly, I investigate the history of Contemporary “New Confucianism”, focusing on the philosophy of several main “New Confucian” figures with a critique of their conceptual implications. This follows with a historical analysis of cultural and political context that fostered the return of Confucianism to Mainland China during the late 1970s and early 1980s under the banner of “New Confucianism”. Thirdly, I share findings based on surveys and interviews with Shanghai Confucian scholars, professors, entrepreneurs, and young people during the 2011-2012 academic year. I present an analysis of these survey and interview results, attempting to highlight broad trends among the Confucian revivals. Lastly, the analysis introduces theories on the possible impact of these trends.

Jianqi Wang, PhD (Advisor)
Galal Walker, PhD (Committee Member)
Xiaobin Jian, PhD (Committee Member)
98 p.

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Young, David. "Confucian Thought In Contemporary China: Trends & Circumstance Xiandai Zhongguo Ruxue Sixiang Zhi Xiangzhuan Yu Qushi Yanjiu." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Ohio State University, 2012. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 22 Sep 2017.

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Young, David "Confucian Thought In Contemporary China: Trends & Circumstance Xiandai Zhongguo Ruxue Sixiang Zhi Xiangzhuan Yu Qushi Yanjiu." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Ohio State University, 2012. https://etd.ohiolink.edu/

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