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The Basic Form, Actual Form, And Potential Form Of Neo-Confucianism: Considering The Historical Function And Practical Significance Of Neo-Confucianism

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Neo-Confucianism remains an important link in Confucian thought, and consequently it is an important component of traditional Chinese ideological culture as a whole. This chapter investigates the ideological resources of China's modernization and arrange and reevaluate the historical function and contemporary value of traditional Chinese culture, one cannot sidestep the historical existence of Neo-Confucianism. It explores the basic theoretical question of the exact nature of the relationship between ideological culture and the development of the economy and society. There are three general types of theoretical models of the relationship between ideological culture and economic and social development. As one of the most important systems of ideological culture in the early stages of the Chinese nation, the Confucianism of Confucius and Mencius possessed definite characteristics and a high plasticity. From the standpoint of maintaining the existing social order and social institutions, Neo-Confucianism shares the purpose and function of Dong Zhongshu's Confucianism.

Keywords: China; ideological culture; neo-confucianism



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