Huang Chun-Chieh and Comparative Philosophy

Multiple Ways of Studying Confucian Ideas and Notions across Texts and Contexts

  • Marko Ogrizek University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Slovenia
Keywords: Huang Chun-chieh, East Asian Confucianisms, comparative philosophy, text, context


Confucianism cannot be posited as merely a philosophical tradition, but can nevertheless be said to possess key elements of a philosophy of ethics, which have time and again been able to transcend both the tradition’s historical as well cultural bounds. While Huang Chun-chieh points out that it is more appropriate to speak of Confucianisms, plural, core Confucian values and notions possess the ability to move from context to context while retaining certain characteristics and changing others. The proper approach to the study of Confucianisms should therefore be interdisciplinary and in line with the new method of East Asian Confucianisms, where philosophy should also have an important part to play. Understood within the bounds of the project of Confucian philosophy (a project that can be seen as dynamic and ongoing in the global environment of the 21st century), a broader and more diverse range of expressions of Confucian thought—particularly through the methods of both East Asian Confucianisms and of comparative philosophy as an effort of a more equal and inclusive philosophical dialogue—could help throw new light on important aspects of Confucian philosophical thought. While the methods of East Asian Confucinisms and of comparative philosophy are different in their aims and scope, they also share common sensibilities.


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How to Cite
OgrizekM. (2020). Huang Chun-Chieh and Comparative Philosophy. Asian Studies, 8(3), 91-110.