BOOK REVIEWS Against Individualism: A Confucian Rethinking of the Foundations of Morality, Politics, Family, and Religion. By Henry Rosemont Jr. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015. Pp. 208. Hardcover $65.85, isbn 978-0-7391-9980-0. Reviewed by Daniel A. Bell Shandong University firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Against Individualism: A Confucian Rethinking of the Foundations of Morality, Politics, Family, and Religion by Henry Rosemont Jr. is an important challenge to the dominant individualistic ethos of our age. It is not merely a critique of the idea of the rights-claiming, free and autonomous individual: Rosemont also puts forward a strong defense of an alternative idea of the relational person as role-bearing, interrelated, and necessarily responsible to other persons (the title may be a bit misleading because it suggests that the main point of the book is critical). I am generally sympathetic to Rosemont's view, but I think he goes too far in his defense of the role-bearing person. The book has three parts. Chapters 1 and 2 are more specialized discussions of methodological issues in analytical and comparative philosophy. Given Rosemont's political concerns, he writes in clear and accessible language supported by examples from everyday life in other parts of the book, and the bulk
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