Synopses & Reviews
In essays exploring the relationship of contemporary human rights doctrine to the teachings of Confucius and Mencius, this volume investigates concepts such as the individual in relation to the state; the notion of "rights" in ritual and law; and justice, constitutionalism, and intellectual freedom in Chinese and Western traditions.
Is the Confucian tradition compatible with the Western understanding of human rights? Are there fundamental human values, regardless of cultural differences, common to all peoples of all nations? At this critical point in Communist China's history, eighteen distinguished scholars address the role of Confucianism in dealing with questions of universal human rights.