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For many years, students and politicians have vigorously debated no matter if Confucianism is suitable with democracy, but little is understood approximately the way it impacts the method of democratization in East Asia. during this ebook, Doh Chull Shin examines the superiority of center Confucian legacies and their affects on civic and political orientations in six Confucian international locations: China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Analyses of the Asian Barometer and global Values surveys display that well known attachment to Confucian legacies has combined effects on democratic call for. whereas Confucian political legacies motivate call for for a non-liberal democratic executive that prioritizes the commercial welfare of the group over the liberty of person voters, its social legacies advertise interpersonal belief and tolerance, that are serious parts of democratic civic existence. therefore, the writer argues that electorate of traditionally Confucian Asia have a chance to mix the simplest of Confucian beliefs and democratic ideas in a unique, quite East Asian model of democracy. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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12 on Mon Oct 08 11:18:29 BST 2012. 003 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2012 28 Confucianism and Democratization in East Asia a local movement, confined to northeast and central China, to a national movement embracing every corner of the country. 11 Centuries of foreign occupation, intercultural communication, and civilian migration helped Confucian ideas spread to several neighboring nations; Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Singapore remain the most profoundly Confucian states in East Asia today.

Chan 2008a, 114). For all these reasons, Tu Weiming (1993, 149), one of the most influential Confucian scholars, notes that regardless of their religious beliefs, people in Confucian East Asia “seldom fail to be Confucian,” and Confucianism is also more formidable, pervasive, and unifying as a political, social, economic, and spiritual influence than any of the Abrahamic religions, whether Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. The dynamics of Confucianism, both in principle and in practice, can be understood from two contrasting perspectives: historical and spatial.

Various stages of the historical evolution are more fully discussed in Tu (1993, 150–5), Tucker (2003, 7–13) and Yao (2000, 4–12). 12 on Mon Oct 08 11:18:29 BST 2012. 6 A few generations after his death, his students and their followers were able to organize “archaic and archaizing practices” into a loosely structured belief system and to establish it as the dominant tradition in the Chinese scholarly community (Nylan 2008, 86). After it became the dominant intellectual force, it expanded to the ruling circles to become the official ideology of the imperial state.

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