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Confucian Thought And The World Of Modern East Asia

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East Asia is one of the earliest places where human civilisation was born. The progress of modernisation in East Asia in the past hundred years or so has unfolded in the context of great tension between tradition and modernity. This understanding of modernisation is at one with Western theories of modernisation. To break out of a Weberian understanding of the instrumentality of modernisation, to establish a rational modern East Asian culture, it is necessary to pay more attention to the implementation of a culture that truly represents the core of Confucianism, social ideals and universal values with a cultural tendency. We know that by 'rationality' Weber always refers to 'instrumental rationality', which includes among its main aspects, scientific-technological rationality and economic rationality. We must break out of the opposition of 'tradition versus modernity' and in our understanding of modernity accept the rationality of values.

Keywords: Confucian thought; Confucianism; East Asia; instrumental rationality; modernity; World



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