Reviews Roger T. Ames and Jinhua Jia, editors. Li Zehou and Confucian Philosophy. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2018. ix, 400 pp. Hardcover $72.00, ISBN 978-0-8248-7289-2. Since the last two decades of the twentieth century, Confucianism has again come to play an important role in Chinese intellectual interrogations and ideological debates; its systematic rehabilitation can be perceived as a tridimensional phenomenon involving political authorities as well as academic scholars and common people. To what extent are the values and norms of this ancient wisdom compatible with Marxist materialism, the predominant ideology in the People’s Republic of China since its foundation in 1949?Upto which point do they deserve to be rediscovered and adapted to the needs of modern Chinese society? Are they universal, and therefore appropriate for developing intercultural dialogue and nourishing world philosophy, or are they speciﬁcally Chinese and thus best suited as powerful instruments to reinforce the cultural basis of the civilization from which they stem in order to reduce the negative effects of globalization and of Westernization? Li Zehou 李泽厚 (born in 1930 in Hankou, Hubei province, China) is one of the most inﬂuential contemporary interpreters of the Confucian legacy. He elaborated a composite and original philosophy
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jun 4, 2019
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