Freedom, the Good, and China's Moral Crisis

Freedom, the Good, and China's Moral Crisis COMMENT AND DISCUSSION Freedom, the Good, and China’s Moral Crisis Joseph Chan Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong jcwchan@hku.hk Although it is widely believed that post-Mao China has fallen into a moral crisis, there are few scholarly analyses of its nature, causes, and consequences. Jiwei Ci’s Moral China in the Age of Reform fills this gap by giving an unusually penetrating and insightful account of this crisis. There is much in Ci’s account that one can find thought-provoking and enlightening. Any good analysis of a crisis not only gives a good diagnosis but also sheds light on a possible solution. While the diagnosis of China’s problem occupies a large part of the book, in a tentative yet careful manner Ci does suggest a way out. In my comment here, I focus on his suggestions as to how China can accomplish this. For Ci, China has been plagued not just with one crisis but with a several. First is the crisis of justice and social order in the domain of the right, manifested in the massive violations of basic ethical and legal norms in society. This has been caused by a number of interrelated crises in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Freedom, the Good, and China's Moral Crisis

Philosophy East and West, Volume 68 (2) – Apr 10, 2018

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COMMENT AND DISCUSSION Freedom, the Good, and China’s Moral Crisis Joseph Chan Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong jcwchan@hku.hk Although it is widely believed that post-Mao China has fallen into a moral crisis, there are few scholarly analyses of its nature, causes, and consequences. Jiwei Ci’s Moral China in the Age of Reform fills this gap by giving an unusually penetrating and insightful account of this crisis. There is much in Ci’s account that one can find thought-provoking and enlightening. Any good analysis of a crisis not only gives a good diagnosis but also sheds light on a possible solution. While the diagnosis of China’s problem occupies a large part of the book, in a tentative yet careful manner Ci does suggest a way out. In my comment here, I focus on his suggestions as to how China can accomplish this. For Ci, China has been plagued not just with one crisis but with a several. First is the crisis of justice and social order in the domain of the right, manifested in the massive violations of basic ethical and legal norms in society. This has been caused by a number of interrelated crises in

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