Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Human Rights And Chinese Tradition

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The contemporary human rights theories and practices have shown that differences in cultural tradition have especially profound impacts on human rights. Human rights have no longer been seen on the Chinese mainland as a slogan of the bourgeoisie. What is more important is that the concept of harmony in Chinese tradition is not only compatible with human rights, but also able to govern and improve traditional Western human rights. The reason why Chinese traditional society had no regard for human rights should be found in the subject of rights as well. In cultural terms, ancient Chinese culture lacked the absolute concept of the individual person separated from and opposed to others as known in the West. The heaven referred to by Confucianism was the heaven of righteousness and principles and the people referred to by Confucianism were people of righteousness and principles.

Keywords: Chinese traditional society; Confucianism; harmony; human rights; individual rights; Western culture



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Philosophy of Civil Rights in the Context of China — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation