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Introduction.The Humanist View

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This introductory chapter of this book on Chinese tradition and modernity discusses cultural conservatism, Daniel Bell, Confucian Learning, and the 'culture fever'. The book discusses the culture and sociology that have taken place and are still ongoing since the contemporary era. In the academic world of the recent past, the history of Chinese thought has been marked by three main schools: Marxism, Liberalism and Neo-Confucianism. Meanwhile, in the history of political thought in contemporary China, the main schools have been radicalism, liberalism and conservatism. Daniel Bell seeks an orderly political revolution and economic equality, while at the same time casting a critical eye on cultural realities in American society. Confucian Learning and the significance of its moral system is the core question of the twentieth century cultural debate. In the 1980s 'culture fever' opened up around the core of 'tradition-modernity', and anti-traditional thinking surged anew.

Keywords: Confucian Learning; cultural conservatism; culture fever; Daniel Bell; tradition-modernity

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