Li Zehou’s Reconception of the Classical Confucian Concepts of Autonomy and Individuality: With a Focus on Reading the Analects Today

  • Jinhua Jia The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Keywords: Li Zehou, classical Confucianism, autonomy, individuality, Reading the Analects Today

Abstract

Li Zehou coins the term “guanxi-ism” (relationalism) to confirm the Confucian self with its two aspects of social relations and independent character, while elaborating the classical Confucian notions of individuality, autonomy, and self-realization in his many works, especially in Reading the Analects Today. Li argues that Confucius interprets external ritual as a person’ own internal intention and drive, and as a result elevates social and ethical regulations as personal emotions and the autonomous power of decision. With a certain transformative construction, Li expects that this Confucian project can be efficiently applied in developing humanity and reconstructing the cultural order in today’s world.

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Published
2020-01-10
How to Cite
Jia, J. (2020). Li Zehou’s Reconception of the Classical Confucian Concepts of Autonomy and Individuality: With a Focus on Reading the Analects Today. Asian Studies, 8(1), 59-75. https://doi.org/10.4312/as.2020.8.1.59-75