For a Kinder, Gentler Society
The American Civilization and Ancient Confucianism
  • Wei-bin Zhang
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The American Civilization and Ancient Confucianism.
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Perhaps this is the old theory of "convergence" seen in a new light. Zhang, the first Chinese professor to recieve the honor of an appointment at Japan's Ritsumeikan Asia-Pacific University. A lifelong student of the classics of Asian culture, yet a modern man with an avid eye for what is new and Western-inspired, he takes a serious look at the underpinnings of some very different societies to see whether they are not, in fact, largely built on the same pillars.

About the Author

Wei-bin Zhang is a Chinese-born professor of economics at Japan's prestigious Ritsumeikan Asia-Pacific University. He was a visiting scholar at universities in Sweden and Australia for 12 years, and frequently visits the US, Singapore and other countries.

He is the author of ten published books on topics including economic growth and development in the Asia-Pacific region. Recent titles include Confucianism and Industrialization, and Singapore's Modernization - Westernization and Modernizing Confucian Manifestations (2002).

Given his education as a technical economist, his broad knowledge of classical Chinese thought, and his experience in the West, Zhang is deeply intrigued by the ways in which ancient Oriental thought appears to surface amidst the most Occidental of social phenomena.

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Scholars have analyzed Chinese society in the light of contemporary Western social and natural sciences for centuries. This compact volume turns the tables, and opens tantalizing new perspectives on the...

Scholars have analyzed Chinese society in the light of contemporary Western social and natural sciences for centuries. This compact volume turns the tables, and opens tantalizing new perspectives on the American civilization by examining it through the lens of ancient Confucianism.

The current work invites Americans to step through the looking glass - backwards, this time - and view ourselves from a Confucian perspective. In his analysis, Zhang draws together references to the I Ching, Leibniz, Tocqueville, Lipset and Aristotle, a judicious few statistics such as crime rate and economic growth, and the lions of Chinese philosophy.

Chapter 1. The American Civilization and Ancient Confucianism in Open Society

Chapter 2. "All Men Are Created Equal" Versus All Men Are Born Equal

Chapter 3. Democracy and Law

Chapter 4. Education and Knowledge

Chapter 5. Economic Freedom and Development

Chapter 6. The American Universalism and Rational Civilizations in the Future



Pages 228
Year: 2002
LC Classification: E183.8.C5 Z44
Dewey code: 973.07205121
BISAC: REL018000
BISAC: PHI003000
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